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CURRENT COUNCIL MEMBERS

Kim Adler Kyle Farnham Matthew Koch T.R. Straub
John Ambler Rob Flaherty Dutch Mandel Gina Stouffer
Ted Birkhahn Mary Garrett Michael Moore Rick Swagler
Kathleen Blomquist Bruce Haynes Michael Neumeier Cat Taylor
Tony Cervone Aaron Hite Scott Novak Alicia Thompson
Brent Colburn Bradford Horn Topper Ray Mike Touhill
Tim Doke Nehl Horton George Regan Patty Tucker

EXECUTIVE ADVISORS

Meredith Artley Mike Fernandez Keith Lindenburg Hayes Roth
Edward Barbini Jon Harris Thomas R. Martin** Greg Schneiders
Jeannie Bunton Bill Heyman Mike McCurry Brad Shaw
David Campbell Andy Hilton Dick Mitchell Dan Solomon
Steve Cody** Bill Hughes Phil Noble, Jr. Nadine Vogel
Tucker Eskew Ruth Kinzey Kelli Parsons David Webster**
Michael Fanning Tim Klein H. Keith Poston Judy DeRango Wicks

**Lifetime members

Hayes Roth (chair) is principal and founder of H.A. Roth Consulting LLC, a marketing consulting firm specializing in strategic positioning, brand development and client/agency relationship building. In this latter capacity, he is a partner in the US practice of Relationship Audits & Management, a global consulting firm specializing in evaluating and advising on strategic client relationships. Previously, Hayes spent 19 years at Landor, one of the world’s most respected branding and design firms. As Landor’s Chief Marketing Officer, he was responsible for marketing and business development initiatives across the firm’s 24 offices worldwide. Roth is a frequent lecturer at Cornell, Columbia and Wharton, a former Adjunct Professor of Marketing at City College of New York, and a regularly cited spokesperson for the branding industry. He serves on the Cornell Johnson School Executive Advisory Committee, the Wharton Future of Advertising 2020 Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Advertising Educational Foundation. He is a graduate of the University of Miami. 

Kim Adler leads the Global Communications function at Alcon including the development and execution of a communications strategy for the division. Her focus spans several key areas, including internal and external communication activities and stakeholder management, Corporate Giving and the Alcon Foundation, management of Alcon’s corporate brand, media relations and social media strategy and activities. Previously Adler was at Novelis Inc., the global leader in aluminum rolled products and the world’s largest recycler of aluminum, where she was most recently Vice President, Communications and Government Affairs. Prior to joining Novelis in 2010, Adler served as Director, Corporate Communications, for Freudenberg-NOK and Freudenberg North America, responsible for the communications function for 10 companies, including a joint venture sealing company owned by Freudenberg in Germany and NOK Corporation in Japan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

John Ambler is Senior Vice President, Kimberly Public Affairs. He has extensive experience in crisis communications, public affairs, government and international relations, corporate communications and issues management. Prior to joining Kimberly Public Affairs, Ambler held a number of leading communication roles, including Chief Communications & Public Affairs officer for Memorial Hermann Health System, Vice President Corporate Relations for BNSF Railway and Senior Vice President and Partner with Fleishman-Hillard. He also served as Vice President Marketing, Communication & Public Affairs at Enron and in senior government affairs, public affairs and international positions at Texaco. He has been a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, The Seminar, IABC and PRSA. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College. 

Meredith Artley is Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, CNN Digital. As editor in chief of CNN Digital worldwide, Artley oversees the creation, programming and publishing of content for CNN.com, CNNi.com, CNN Politics and CNNMoney across mobile, social, desktop and a variety of emerging platforms and products. She leads a global team of more than 250 talented reporters, producers and editors to fuel one the world's top digital brands. Under Artley’s leadership, CNN Digital has become #1 in unique users across mobile and desktop, #1 in video, and the most followed and fanned news organization on social. Before joining CNN and moving to Atlanta, Artley led digital editorial efforts, strategies and teams for the Los Angeles Times, the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. She is the former president of the board for the Online News Association. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri.

Edward Barbini is Vice President of Corporate Communications for IBM, leading all of the company’s issues-related and C-level communications strategies for media, analysts and key influencers worldwide. He is also actively involved in all corporate external relations in diverse fields such as shareholder communications and the execution of Social Media communications. Ed is a veteran of IBM, and has worked in many of IBM's operating units, with executive positions including head of communications and public relations for various IBM units, where he has been responsible for overseeing media relations, executive and internal communications and IT analyst relations. Prior to joining IBM, Ed worked as a reporter for the Newhouse News Service and in government, where he worked in the press offices of New York City Mayors Edward I. Koch and David Dinkins, and served as Press Secretary to New York State Attorney General Robert Abrams. Ed also oversaw the media relations efforts for the National Association of Attorneys General during his government work. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Ted Birkhahn is President and Partner, Peppercomm. As President of Peppercomm, he is in charge of client services and managing agency operations. He regularly counsels and trains senior level executives at global corporations on issues ranging from crisis communications, media interviewing and presenting to groups of all sizes in all different formats. Birkhahn is a member of the Counselors Academy, a professional interest section of the Public Relations Society of America, and serves on the public relations committee of the New York Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association. He also has the pleasure of serving as a national advisory board member for Youth About Business, a leadership-training program for youth in underserved communities. Before joining Peppercomm, Birkhahn was the Press Secretary for the New York City Department of Buildings in Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s administration. Previously, he worked as a reporter at WOR-AM Radio and as a production assistant at 1010 WINS Radio in New York City. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

Kathleen "Kat" Blomquist is Director of Communications, Breakthru Beverage Group. Blomquist joined Breakthru Beverage Group, one of the country’s largest beer, wine and spirits wholesalers, this year as its new Director of Communications. This move follows her first role in the beverage alcohol industry working for Diageo as its Director of Internal communications. Prior to Diageo, she managed media relations for clients of Rubenstein Associates in New York. Blomquist joined Rubenstein after serving as Senior Counsel and Spokesperson in the U.S. Department of Justice’s public affairs office in Washington, D.C. Previously, she held communications roles in the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of the Army in Germany, Burson-Marsteller, National Review magazine and national and state-wide political campaigns. She graduated from the College of Charleston and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York.

Jeannie Bunton is Executive Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Chief of Staff, Consumer Bankers Association. In this position, she leads the team which shapes the communications aspects of CBA’s advocacy for the retail banking industry; its corporate marketing and positioning as a modern trade in the hot soup of Washington policy. Bunton formerly served as Vice President of the External Relations Group for the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a global think tank (headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an Asia Regional Office in New Delhi, India and project offices in Mumbai, India and Nairobi, Kenya) dedicated to improving the lives of women in developing countries. Prior to joining ICRW, she was Vice President of Strategic Communications at the Securities industry and Financial Markets, Wall Street’s trade association, where she designed and executed long-term, integrated media and outreach strategies to raise awareness of SIFMA and the Foundation for Investor Education. Before joining SIFMA, she was a senior counselor at Policy Impact, a public relations and lobbying firm, and before that, she was Director of Press and Public Affairs for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Before joining CPB, Jeannie served as a White House aide to President George H.W. Bush in the Office of Media Affairs and the Office of Presidential Speechwriting. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and American University.

David Campbell is President and COO, Chernoff Newman, one of the top full-service advertising, public relations and marketing communications firms in the Southeast, where he oversees day-to-day operations of the firm in Columbia, South Carolina and its branch offices in Charleston, Pawleys Island and Orlando, Florida. With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial industry, Campbell successfully negotiated and integrated the merger between Chernoff/Silver and Newman Saylor & Gregory, two of the largest integrated communications agencies in South Carolina, as well as the later acquisition of ASA in Charleston, South Carolina. Actively involved in the community, he was appointed by the Governor of South Carolina as the Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs; he serves on the Board of Directors for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Board of Trustees for Claflin University, the Advisory Board for the National Bank of South Carolina and is the Past Chair of Richland County CASA, which was formerly Guardian Ad Litem. He also is a member of the Columbia Rotary Club, Past Chairman and current board member for the South Carolina March of Dimes, Past Chairman of the Committee of 100 and current Chair of the International Committee, Board Chair for the National Kidney Foundation and Treasurer for the Richland County Public Library. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and George Washington University.

Tony Cervone is SVP, Global Communications and Chairman GM Foundation, General Motors Company. In October 2015, Cervone assumed responsibility for the GM Foundation and corporate giving activities. He was named senior vice president, Global Communications, in May 2014. As GM’s top communications executive, he is responsible for the company’s overall global communications strategy. Prior to his current position, Cervone served since 2011 as executive vice president of Group Communications for Volkswagen Group of America in Herndon, Virginia, where he revamped the company’s communications activities for its VW and Audi brands. From 2009 to 2011, Cervone was senior vice president and chief communications officer for United Airlines in Chicago, where he helped manage the company’s eventual merger with Continental Airlines. From 1999 to 2009, Cervone worked at GM in several senior communications positions of increasing responsibility. From 1999 to 2000, Cervone worked as executive director of Corporate Communications, responsible for media relations, issues management and labor and employee communications. From 2001 to 2003, he served as executive director of Executive and Financial Communications; from 2003 to 2006, vice president of GM Europe Communications; from 2006 to 2007, vice president of GM North America Communications; and from 2007 to 2009, vice president of Global Communications Strategy and Operations. In 2000, Cervone served for a short period as vice president of Chrysler Group Communications for DaimlerChrysler AG in Auburn Hills, Mich. From 1985 to 1999, Cervone worked at Chrysler Corp. and then DaimlerChrysler AG in virtually every aspect of auto industry communications, from product and technology to supplier and crisis communications. Cervone is a member of the Arthur Page Society, the Public Relations Society of America and The Seminar. He is a board member of Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and The LaGrant Foundation. He is a former trustee of The Institute for Public Relations, and former board member of the Automotive Press Association and the Ad Council. Tony was also named one of the 2014 Automotive News All-Stars. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University.

Steve Cody is Co-Founder and CEO, Peppercomm. He is responsible for overall agency direction and management, new business development, new product development and agency marketing. Most recently, Cody pioneered the creation of the agency’s insights and strategy group, an internal consultancy at Peppercomm that bridges proprietary research and program activation to serve both current accounts and business development initiatives. He’s also been instrumental in shaping the culture that inspired Crain’s New York Business and was a finalist for EY’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award with co-founder Ed Moed. A prolific writer, Cody pens a weekly column for lnc.com; he was named the PRNews Blogger of the Year in 2011 and was a finalist for the same award in 2012. He was named one of Northeastern University’s 100 most successful alumni, and his podcast, RepChatter, won a Silver SABRE from Holmes. He is co-author of What’s Keeping Your Customers Up at Night? He is a member of the PRSA Counselors Academy’s executive committee, the Corporate Communication Advisory Board of Baruch College, the Civilian Corporate Affairs Committee at West Point, the Arthur W. Page Society, The Northeastern University Corporation, and the Institute For Public Relations. The agency was named after his family dog, Pepper. He is a graduate of Northeastern University.

Brent Colburn, a veteran of both Democratic political campaigns and the Obama administration, recently joined the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) as their first Vice President of Communications. CZI, established in December of 2015 by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and pediatrician and educator Dr. Priscilla Chan, is committed to unlocking human potential and promoting equality. Prior to joining CZI, Colburn spent a semester as a Fellow in Residence at Harvard University’s Kennedy School for Government’s Institute of Politics. Before accepting the position at Harvard, he most recently served as the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs, where he acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and Deputy Secretary of Defense for communication strategy, media relations, public information, and community relations in support of Department of Defense (DOD) activities and U.S. service members and civilian employees. Colburn also oversaw the Department’s Public Affairs infrastructure. Colburn served in a number of other positions within the Obama administration before joining DOD, including as Chief of Staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). He began his service with the Obama administration at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), where he was the Director of External Affairs, overseeing Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Intergovernmental Affairs, International Affairs and Private Sector Outreach. Colburn worked on the last four presidential campaign cycles, most recently serving as National Communications Director for President Obama’s re-election campaign and the Communications Director for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee. In 2008 he served as Michigan Communications Director for then-Senator Obama’s first presidential run, following stints as Research Director for Howard Dean and as a member of the National Advance Staff for Gore-Lieberman in 2000. He is a recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service. He is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. 

Tim Doke is Principal, TJD Comm, LLC

Mark Kendall Dole is Head of Communications, Biogen Research and Development, Biogen

Tucker Eskew is Founding Partner, Vianovo

Michael Fanning is President, Business Partnership Foundation, Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina

Kyle Farnham is Chair, U.S. Consumer and Brand Marketing Practice, Burson-Marsteller

Mike Fernandez is Global Chair of Corporate and Financial Practice, Burson-Marsteller

Rob Flaherty is Chairman and CEO, Ketchum

Mary Garrett is the former VP of Global Marketing, IBM

Jon Harris is Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, ConAgra Foods

Bruce Haynes is Founding Partner, Purple Strategies

Bill Heyman is President and CEO, Heyman Associates

Andy Hilton is VP Communications, Content and Brand, ADP

Aaron Hite is Advertising Sales Executive, Google

Bradford Horn is Principal, BradHorn PR LLC

Nehl Horton is the former Senior VP and Chief Communications and Government Relations Officer, Sysco.

Constance N. Hubbell is President and CEO, The Hubbell Group, Inc.

Bill Hughes is Chief Communications Officer, Pitney Bowes Inc.

Ruth Kinzey is President, The Kinzey Company

Tim Klein is a communications and Public Relations Consultant

Matthew Koch is Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Institute for 21st Century Energy

Keith Lindenburg is Partner and General Manager of Brodeur’s New York Office

Thomas R. Martin is Executive-in-Residence, College of Charleston, Department of Communication

Mike McCurry is Principal, Public Strategies Washington, Inc.

Dick Mitchell is President, Dick Mitchell and Associates

Michael Moore is SVP, Enterprise Messaging, Thomson Reuters

Michael Neumeier is Principal and Co-founder, Arketi Group

Phil Noble, Jr. is Co-founder, Envision South Carolina

Scott Novak is SVP Communication and Brand Development, Time Inc.

Kelli Parsons is the former SVP and Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, New York Life

H. Keith Poston is President and Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina

Topper Ray is President of Communication, Bravo Group

George Regan is President, Regan Communications Group

Hayes Roth is Principal, H. A. Roth Consulting

Greg Schneiders is CEO, Prime Group

Brad Shaw is a Communications Consultant

Kevin Shinkle is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, Delta Air Lines

Dan Solomon is Managing Director, Litton Entertainment

T.R. Straub is Senior Vice President, Heyman Associates

Gina Stouffer is President--Charleston Office, Lou Hammond and Associates

Rick Swagler is Executive Vice President, Director of External Affairs, Regions Bank

Cat Taylor is Partner, ByrdHouse PR

Alicia Thompson is Managing Director--Atlanta Office, Porter Novelli

Mike Touhill is External Communications, Novelis Inc.

Patty Tucker is Corporate Communications and Corporate Parenting Counselor

Nadine Vogel is Principal, Springboard Consulting

Clif Webb is the former Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Fluor Corporation

David Webster the President, Aberdeen Strategies LLC

Judy DeRango Wicks is the former Vice President, Corporate Communications, Fiserv, Inc.

In Memoriam

Tom Kowaleski (1951-2015) 

Tom was a mainstay in the auto industry where he held top public relations and communications positions at Chrysler, General Motors, BMW, and Lincoln.

John Palmer** (1935-2013) 

John, a longtime NBC White House Correspondent as well as an NBC Today Show anchor, was a founding member of the Council.