December 19, 2014 10:57 PM ET


Company Overview of Hill & Knowlton, Inc.

Company Overview

Hill & Knowlton, Inc. provides senior counsel, insightful research, and strategic communications planning services worldwide. The company offers influencer and analyst relations (AR) services, such as influencer/analyst consultation and strategy, in-bound AR, and out-bound AR services; business-to-business communications services, including messaging/positioning, influencer research and outreach, media relations, executive positioning, Web communications, events, advertising, sponsorships, direct marketing, and AR; and change and internal communications services that comprise audits and assessments, change management programs, talent engagement and development, internal communications progra...

825 Third Avenue

New York, NY 10022

United States

Founded in 1927





Key Executives for Hill & Knowlton, Inc.

Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Global Chief Financial Officer
Global Chief Operating Officer
Global Chair of Creative Strategy and Uk Chief Executive
Chief Executive Officer of Americas Region and President of Americas Region
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

Hill & Knowlton, Inc. Key Developments

Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. Announces Executive Changes

Senior leaders in Hill+Knowlton Strategies U.S. are shifting responsibilities for the top posts in the corporate and public affairs practices, while others are taking on expanded regional management roles newly created under the firm's Americas structure. The appointments are effective immediately. Erin Gentry will lead the West Coast Region, while continuing to serve as global co-lead of client service. Claire Koeneman will lead the Central Region, while continuing to be GM of the Chicago office and head of financial communications. Howard Opinsky, who had previously served as GM of the Washington, D.C., office and head of the public affairs practice, will lead the East Coast Region. Stepping into the public affairs practice leadership role will be James Fuller, EVP based in Dallas. Opinsky shifts from public affairs into leadership of the corporate practice, which also includes crisis, change+internal communications, financial communications, media relations, and governance and sustainability. Robert Ludke is stepping away from leading the corporate practice in order to focus on governance and sustainability, as H+K prepares to release its first ever sustainability report in the coming weeks. Ludke also will now lead the Washington, D.C., office as interim GM while the firm identifies a new permanent GM.

Chris Winans Joins Hill+Knowlton Strategies as New General Manager of the Global Communications Consultancy's New York Office

Chris Winans is joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies to be the new general manager of the global communications consultancy's New York office, bringing more than 30 years of unparalleled expertise in journalism, investment banking, financial services regulation and corporate and crisis communications. He begins October 13, 2014. Winans joins H+K from Promontory Financial Group, where he served as chief of communications and marketing. Before Promontory, Chris was senior vice president, external affairs, at AXA US, and before that, vice president, media relations, at AIG, which he joined in February 2005.

Jodi Baumann to Join Hill+Knowlton Strategies as Executive Vice President in Dual Roles of U.S. Tech Practice Head and General Manager of its San Francisco Office, Effective from Sept. 15, 2014

Jodi Baumann is joining Hill+Knowlton Strategies as an executive vice president in the dual roles of U.S. tech practice head and general manager of the firm's San Francisco office. Coming from a decade at NetApp, where she's most recently been senior director of global communications, Baumann will begin Sept. 15, 2014. Baumann has spent 20 years excelling in marketing and communications roles for e-commerce, networking, storage and software companies. She brings extensive executive experience in global public relations, internal communications and corporate communications, with particular emphasis on crisis communications counsel and implementation, reputation management, M&A communications and driving go-to-market plans. As more communications teams move to a publishing model, Baumann brings deep understanding of the importance of integrating content planning and strategy into the communications process, as her team led that integration at NetApp. Prior to her 10 years at NetApp, Baumann held leadership roles on the tech practice and Bay Area teams at Weber Shandwick, managed communications for Digital River, and ran several marketing programs at Atio Corporation.

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