July 11, 2023, NEW YORK – Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the world’s leading strategic communications companies, today announced the appointment of Craig Buchholz, former head of communications for General Motors, as its new US CEO effective July 12th. Based in New York, he will report to Global Chairman and CEO, AnnaMaria DeSalva and join Hill+Knowlton’s Global Leadership Council.
Buchholz has a career spanning nearly three decades as a business leader in both the agency and client arenas, with deep experience in Fortune 100 companies in the automotive, consumer goods, and healthcare sectors. Most recently, he served as senior vice president of global communications for GM, where, as the top communications executive and a member of the senior leadership team, he was responsible for the company’s overall global communications strategy. At GM, he was instrumental in helping the company execute its unprecedented transformation to become a leader in electric vehicles, autonomous technology, and software services. During his tenure, the company visibly gained in stature and reputation.
Prior to GM, Buchholz was Chief Communications Officer for Procter & Gamble, where he served as a key advisor to the CEO and other C-suite leaders. In his role, he oversaw all elements of the consumer goods giant’s communications, including media relations, policy, financial, crisis management, employee communications, and corporate citizenship. At P&G, Buchholz led global teams across five business units, setting communications strategy and framing the company’s narrative for all of its stakeholders.
Buchholz succeeds Millar, who has led the US market since 2019. As planned, Millar will continue in his role as H+K’s Global President, returning to the UK following his assignment in the US.
Prior to P&G, Buchholz spent nearly a decade at Merck, where he led the team responsible for strategic communications on behalf of the company’s prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, consumer care, and animal health products. While at Merck, he was deeply involved in the company’s $41 billion acquisition of Schering-Plough. Earlier in his career, Buchholz held a variety of positions at Johnson & Johnson, Pharmacia (now Pfizer), and several public relations agencies. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a Trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society, and a member of the Drexel University Kline School of Law Board, where he established the Buchholz Law Technology Lab. Buchholz received his J.D. from Drexel University Kline School of Law, and his B.A. from Temple University.
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Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational, and global clients. H+K operates more than 70 offices in nearly 40 countries worldwide, as well as an extensive associate network, delivering award-winning campaigns to clients across all sectors and disciplines and with a focus on continued innovation for the industry. Headquartered in New York, the firm is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.