Jack Martin Taps HKS Veterans for Global Leadership Posts in Energy and
NEW YORK -- April 10, 2013
Company veterans will fill senior positions in the energy and crisis practices
at Hill+Knowlton Strategies, the global communications firm announced today.
Global Chairman and CEO Jack Martin has promoted Chris Gidez to be the new
global head of the firm’s energy practice and Bill Coletti to be the new
global co-lead of the firm’s crisis practice.
"We need elite talent in these positions, and I found it within the
Hill+Knowlton Strategies family," Martin said. "Each of these promotions
demonstrate how we find, develop, support and push our own talent toward the
best possible work for our clients — and how their successes are rewarded
here. I have full confidence that each of these leaders will inject even more
energy into the terrific momentum we are building in 2013."
Both will be based in the U.S. and are effective immediately.
*Chris Gidez will be the new global head of the firm’s energy practice. In
consultation with Gidez, regional presidents and key energy team members,
the firm will appoint a co-lead outside of the U.S. for this important
role. Gidez has been global head of the firm’s crisis practice. He has
extensive experience counseling senior executives on and managing
litigation communications, media relations, international energy and
environmental issues, and controversial political matters. He is a
frequently called-upon source for tier-1 media including CBS, CNN, BBC,
PBS, MSNBC, NPR and national newspapers and business publications for
commentary on issues of the day. He joined H+K in 2004, after 14 years
with Texaco and Chevron, where he headed corporate public relations.
*Bill Coletti will be the new co-lead of the firm’s crisis practice,
joining existing co-lead Tim Luckett. He currently serves as executive
vice president and general manager of Los Angeles/Irvine. Coletti brings
broad experience in national and international politics as well as the
management of public policy issues on behalf of clients in the U.S. and
globally. He was a senior strategist in Public Strategies’ Austin office,
having joined the firm there in 2001. Coletti is a seasoned strategist and
counselor that H+K has called on for a number of its crisis and reputation
management projects over the years, working with AT&T, Target and many
others. Growing the firm’s crisis practice and focus on reputation
management is a critical goal for H+K globally.
These are the latest in a series of internal promotions at the firm, including
John Morgan, now new president and CEO of Asia; Ye Yu and Ivy Soonthornsima,
now co-leaders of China; Antonio Tamayo, now president and CEO of Latin
America; Jamie Morse, managing director, and Chip Ng, deputy managing
director, of Singapore; Sergio Morales, now U.S. practice leader for consumer
and marketing communications; and Tim Luckett, co-chair of the global crisis
communications and risk management practice.
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is a leading international communications
consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients.
The firm is headquartered in New York, with 90 offices in 52 countries, as
well as an extensive associate network. The agency is part of WPP, one of the
world’s largest communications services groups. For more information, please
Quotes from Chris Gidez and Bill Coletti about the new appointments
*"Energy is at the very center of our global economy, and the very center
of public policy," said Gidez."In an era where information has been
democratized to such a great degree, energy companies must step up their
game to engage effectively with stakeholders, policy leaders, consumers
and investors. Having worked in virtually all sectors of the energy
industry — oil and gas, power, mining and alternative energy — I've
witnessed profound change, and I'm eager to put the experience and wisdom
to work for our clients."
*"Great companies sometimes have bad things happen to them," Coletti said.
"Our focus will be on rapid response, preparedness, and training — three
things corporations expect from great counselors. Managing the crisis is
just one part of our offering; reputation repair and managing the long
tail of crisis will anchor all of our insights. The global team at
Hill+Knowlton Strategies is the best in the industry. I look forward to
joining Tim in leading such a great team."
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc.
Rebecca Ballard, 202-354-8271
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