News & Opinions - FleishmanHillard
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Founded in 1946 with big, brave ideas, we push ourselves and our clients to rise above the status quo. As the world’s top communications agency for global clients, we’re committed to doing what’s right and pursuing what matters, above all else. We’re one seamless team dedicated to providing a top-notch client experience.
There are those who obsess over bringing new, creative and compelling ideas to life. They can’t help but see the potential for more everywhere they look. They’re driven to outperform on every task because they refuse to accept anything less. And they’re fueled by making big things happen for humanity.
We set goals and smash them — for our clients and ourselves. We innovate to create the best — and be it. We strive to be exceptional — even when it’s hard. We’re the people who never settle. No. Matter. What.
FleishmanHillard was named 2019 PRWeek U.S. Outstanding Large Agency; 2019 Holmes Report North America Large Agency of the Year; ICCO Network of the Year – Americas 2017-2020; PRovoke Media Greater China Consultancy of the Year 2020; PRWeek UK Best Places to Work 2020; Human Rights Campaign Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality 2018-2020; and NAFE’s “Top Companies for Executive Women” 2010-2020. The firm’s award-winning work is widely heralded, including at the Cannes International Festival of Creativity. FleishmanHillard is part of Omnicom Public Relations Group, and has 80 offices in more than 30 countries, plus affiliates in 50 countries.
CharimanJohn Graham joined FleishmanHillard in 1966. He was elected vice president, director, and senior partner in 1970; was elected president and chief executive officer in 1974; and was named chairman in 1988. During this period, the firm grew from a single office to more than 80 around the world, making it one of the largest agencies in the world today. During his career, he has personally worked in nearly all aspects of public relations, including public affairs, financial strategy, corporate strategy, investor relations, crisis situations, employee relations, strategic media placement, opinion research and issues management. He is widely regarded as one of the top crisis communications professionals in the industry and personally counsels CEOs of many Fortune Top 100 companies.
President and CEOJohn Saunders is president and chief executive officer of FleishmanHillard, a leading global public relations agency. Saunders was appointed to the role in November 2015 – only the fourth to hold that title in the history of a firm that spans seven decades. From 2011, he held the role of regional president for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where he had overall responsibility for the firm’s offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Dublin, Dubai, Frankfurt, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Prague, Warsaw and Moscow, as well as responsibility for relationships with a range of affiliate partners throughout EMEA. From 2007, he held the role of regional president for Continental Europe and Eurasia, having been named as regional director for Europe in October 2004. Before assuming his regional leadership positions, Saunders was managing director of FleishmanHillard Saunders. He founded the business in 1990 and grew it into Ireland’s largest public relations consultancy and one of FleishmanHillard’s most successful international offices. The Irish operation also won more awards than any other firm during his time as managing director there.
Chief Operating Officer and President of FleishmanHillard’s AmericasJ.J. Carter serves as global Chief Operating Officer and President of FleishmanHillard’s Americas region. In this capacity, he drives operational excellence that contributes to the firm’s growth, competitiveness and performance worldwide. He works closely with president and CEO John Saunders to enhance the overall client experience, the employee experience and the firm’s relationship with DAS and Omnicom partners. Since joining FH in 2005, Carter has held a variety of key leadership roles including global client relationship manager, general manager of the San Francisco office, regional president of the U.S. West and more recently expanded responsibility for Canada and the East. In addition to helping FleishmanHillard launch its sports business team, Carter previously led communications for various professional teams and leagues, including the Association of Tennis Professionals and the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and Dallas Mavericks.
Chief Business Development OfficerAs Chief Business Development Officer, Della Sweetman is an energetic leader with a record of leading global and large-scale business development initiatives to attract and grow major clients across industry sectors. In October 2016, Sweetman led the launch of a dedicated business unit to reinvigorate FleishmanHillard’s business development function and drive a stronger growth culture. Responsible for collaboration efforts across agency brands, with Omnicom Public Relations Group, DAS and Omnicom partners, she also supports agency Client Growth and Marketing initiatives. Sweetman is a career agency professional with expertise in strategic planning, brand marketing and reputation management, as well as talent, operations and P&L management. She was formerly FleishmanHillard’s Americas business development leader and General Manager for Southern California. An active advocate and sponsor for women in leadership and diversity and inclusion, Sweetman is a steering committee member for the New York Chapter for Omniwomen, an Omnicom-wide initiative to advocate for women in leadership. She was a general session panelist at Colorcomm 2017 and participates on local chapter panels. Originally from the Fiji islands, Sweetman relocated to the United States in 2000.
Lynne Anne Davis
Regional President, APACAs regional president, Lynne Anne Davis oversees FleishmanHillard’s fast-growing, award-winning Asia Pacific network of 18 owned offices and three brands in 10 countries. She is a sought-after speaker and commentator on industry issues, and passionate advocate of Shared Value. Lynne Anne was PR Jury President in the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. In 2013, she was named “Global Women’s Champion” by NAFE and received The Holmes Report’s “Individual Achievement Award”. She was voted as one of “Asia’s Most Admired Agency Leaders,” and debuted on PRWeek’s Power List in 2014. Lynne Anne led establishment of the firm’s Global China Practice, including an innovative China Masters Exchange to fast-track top Mandarin-speaking graduates in the West before transferring to FleishmanHillard’s Greater China operations.
CEO, FleishmanHillard FishburnJim Donaldson oversees FleishmanHillard’s UK and Middle East operations. With more than 20 years of experience, he brings extensive management experience, having lived and managed teams in Europe, the Middle East and the UK. Before joining FleishmanHillard, Donaldson was the chair of Weber Shandwick’s EMEA corporate practice.
TRUE Mosaic Co-leadAdiya Mobley is a senior vice president in the Reputation Management practice of FleishmanHillard in Washington, D.C. She draws experience from nearly 15 years leading integrated communications campaigns for some of the world’s most respected brands. A highly skilled campaign strategist with a strong integrated communications background, Mobley serves as a trusted strategic counselor with particular strengths in brand and corporate reputation management, message development, campaign programming, advertising and marketing, digital and social media strategy, analytics and creative strategy. Mobley is a former vice president at SRB Communications where she founded and launched the agency’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) taskforce, consulting organizations and C-suite leadership to drive DE&I to the center of their corporate strategy. At FleishmanHillard, she serves as a senior DE&I communications strategist for True MOSAIC, a group of communicators dedicated to advancing DE&I in support of clients across the agency’s global network.
TRUE Mosaic Co-leadBlending more than 15 years of advertising, marketing and digital communications experience, Whaewon Choi-Wiles leads multi-disciplinary teams in building and protecting some of the world’s most iconic and innovative brands. A relationship-marketing specialist, she develops client solutions that bring together traditional and emerging communication channels, such as social media, digital, and word of mouth.
Global MD, TRUE Global IntelligenceNatasha Kennedy is the global managing director of FleishmanHillard’s TRUE Global Intelligence™ practice group. She is a growth strategy executive with over 20 years of B2B and B2C experience. Her business intelligence expertise includes employee acquisition and development; go to market strategy, learning and development, technology strategy and deployment, brand positioning, communications, business development and marketing. Before joining the firm, Kennedy worked with organizations such as eBay, Edelman, and McKinsey & Company.
Chief Strategy OfficerMarjorie Benzkofer serves as Chief Strategy Officer for FleishmanHillard. She also leads the agency’s reputation management practice group, as a reputation management specialist with extensive experience in change management programs, branding efforts, marketing campaigns, executive visibility efforts and community relations. In addition, she has overseen internal and external communication strategies for a wide variety of clients. In addition to her previous communications roles, Benzkofer was a print and broadcast reporter in Kansas City and Chicago.
Chief Global Client Leadership OfficerAs Fleishman Hillard’s Chief Global Client Leadership Officer, Mark Mortell oversees the firm’s Global Client Leader Office and its initiatives, focusing on meeting the unique demands of large and international clients and their businesses. His brings deep knowledge of corporate reputation, public affairs and crisis communications, as well as media training and internal communications, to the role. Throughout his career, he has worked with clients from diverse industries, including energy, retail, financial services, food and beverage, and healthcare. In addition to his previous communications roles, Mortell, a Fellow of the Marketing Institute of Ireland, served as chairman of the Bord Failte – Irish Tourist Board.
Chief Talent Officer and Chief of StaffLisa Moehlenkamp is FleishmanHillard’s chief talent officer and chief of staff, leading a team that drives human resources strategy and provides support on all talent issues. With more than 25 years of experience, she brings expertise in acquisition integration as well as a number of functional areas, including benefit plan administration, learning and development programs, and compensation planning. Among her previous roles, Moehlenkamp – a member of the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) – held various HR roles with AT&T.