May 26, 2020, NEW YORK – Hill+Knowlton Strategies, one of the world’s leading public relations firms, today announced the appointment of Kelli Parsons as Global Chair, Corporate Affairs, effective June 15, 2020. In this new role, Parsons will advance the firm’s capabilities in corporate brand and reputation, financial communications, crisis and issues management, employee engagement and change management, and ESG strategies, to benefit clients worldwide.
Parsons is a global business and corporate affairs leader with extensive experience in delivering business and cultural transformation, sustainable growth and social impact. She has served as chief communications and marketing officer for three Fortune 50 companies and a global private equity firm, strengthening reputation and brand equity through periods of large-scale change.
Most recently as Chief Communications Officer at United Technologies, Parsons created the multi-stakeholder communication strategy for the company’s transformation, including its integration of Rockwell Collins, spins of Carrier and Otis and $74 billion merger with Raytheon, while managing complex geopolitical issues.
As CCO of Fannie Mae following the global financial crisis, Parsons rebuilt trust and reputation during the historic turnaround of the $3 trillion housing finance company. She authored the strategy and message to foster common purpose among employees and communicate the company’s progress to policy makers and regulators, investors, and consumers.
Earlier she served as corporate practice leader and head of the Washington, D.C., and New York markets at Hill & Knowlton where she led a financial and cultural transformation. Parsons advised CEOs, boards of directors and heads of state on critical issues, earning a reputation for creating value in defining moments, such as the aftermath of 9/11. Beginning her career as a television news reporter, Parsons covered U.S. presidential campaigns, the humanitarian crisis in Bosnia and Hurricane Andrew.
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational and global clients. H+K has over 80 offices in more than 40 markets, 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. Recent innovations include Flight School +, a crisis communications training and simulation tool, Better Impact™, a new approach to citizenship and sustainability consultancy, and H+K Smarter™, a behavioral science unit. Headquartered in New York, the firm is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.
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