Someone to Know: Q&A with International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG) Program Director Christer Hellstrand

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 17, 2018

Christer Hellstrand, Program Director for International Aerospace Environmental Group (IAEG), is proud and passionate about what he’s accomplished in his career and life. From co-launching IAEG, which is advancing innovative environmental solutions for the aerospace industry, to his leadership at Boeing, to his love of cooking and culture, Christer is definitely Someone to Know. In our Q&A, we discuss his experiences and insights on improving communications – especially around environment, health and safety – what organizations he most admires and why, key advice for new leaders, and more.

Q&A with Christer Hellstrand,
Program Director at International Aerospace
Environmental Group (IAEG)

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Former McDonald's Executive Vice President and Chief Field Officer Karen King

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 03, 2018

You might recognize this next business leader as the person McDonald’s brought out of retirement: Karen King, former Executive Vice President and Chief Field Officer for McDonald’s Corporation. She’s an exceptionally skilled leader whose ability to innovate for growth was instrumental in McDonald’s success over the years. I was lucky enough to work with Karen both at McDonald’s when I was there, and here at The Grossman Group where we partnered with her as she lead efforts to transform McDonald’s and define its new strategy. She’s masterful at getting things done through others and I’m honored to share our Q&A with you here. And a fun fact: She began her career at McDonald’s in 1975 as a restaurant crew employee in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

Q&A with Karen King,
Former Executive Vice President and Chief Field Officer at McDonald's

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Hallmark Cards Vice President of External Affairs Dean Rodenbough

Posted by David Grossman on Thu,Sep 20, 2018

Dean Rodenbough is a remarkable leader with a true knack for communication. Dean built a world-class internal communications function at Hallmark before taking on a new role as the vice president of external affairs at Hallmark Cards. Having served in various positions at both Crayola and Hallmark, Dean embodies the true spirit of the brand: he’s creative, kind, and brings passion and innovation to his work. I hope you enjoy his wisdom in our Q&A.

Q&A with Dean Rodenbough,
Vice President of External Affairs
at Hallmark Cards

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Someone to Know: Q&A with AB InBev Global Manager of Internal Communications Megan Booker

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Aug 29, 2018

What can business and communications learn from dance? Megan Booker is Global Manager of Internal Communications at AB InBev. Prior to joining AB InBev, Megan held a series of communications roles at Kimberly-Clark, and is a recent graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Master’s in Global Strategic Communication. When she’s not helping shape the internal communication strategy for this global organization, Megan can be found pursuing another passion – dance. And, according to Megan, strategic communications and dance have a few things in common – I’ll let her tell you more.

Q&A with Megan Booker,
Global Manager of Internal Communications
at AB InBev

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Someone to Know: Q&A with AbbVie Director of Internal and Leadership Communications Matt Goebel

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Jul 09, 2018

I’ve worked with this incredible leader in a few capacities over the years and I have to say he has a true knack for leadership communication and staying calm under pressure. It’s one of his many superpowers! I’m honored to introduce you to Matt Goebel, Director of Internal and Leadership Communications at AbbVie. In our Q&A he weighs in on his role today, how AbbVie rallies their 29,000 global employees around their mission to make an impact on people’s lives and the parallels he draws between his skills as an auctioneer and his role in communications. He’s full of wisdom and I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Matt Goebel,
Director of Internal and Leadership Communications
at AbbVie

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Unum Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Jim Sabourin

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 27, 2018

You might know him as the past Chairman of the PRSA Corporate Communications Section… Next up in our series is Jim Sabourin, senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer at Unum. He’s a kind and open leader who’s known for being masterful at relationship and reputation management. He’s dealt with countless reputation issues throughout his career and shares a refreshing take on his role as the SVP of Communications, including some fantastic advice for leaders who want to be better. I hope you enjoy our Q&A.

Q&A with Jim Sabourin,
Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer
at Unum

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Someone to Know: Words of Wisdom from John Novick, Intermediate and Middle School Head, Francis W. Parker School

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jun 13, 2018

With graduation season upon us, many are sharing words of wisdom to grads as they transition to their next chapter. Few thoughts have resonated more with me recently than the beautifully eloquent, quiet and energizing thoughts from John Novick, Intermediate and Middle School Head at Francis W. Parker School. (Full disclosure – my husband, Steve, is fortunate to teach there with a group of hugely capable and caring educators. It’s also where our daughters, Avi and Noa, are getting a strong sense of self and finding their voice, along with learning terrific academic skills.) Read on, and find out why what John shared at a celebration for 8th graders is as appropriate for them, as it is for anyone else. His “perfectly imperfect” yet brilliant thoughts make him Someone to Know.

Words of Wisdom from John Novick,
Head of Intermediate and Middle Schools
at Francis W. Parker School

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Mars Wrigley Confectionery Senior Director of Strategic Business Communications Kristen Campos

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 30, 2018

Kristen Campos, Senior Director of Strategic Business Communications for Mars Wrigley Confectionery, has an undeniable superpower: she’s a master at navigating change. For that reason and several others, Kristen is definitely Someone to Know. The integration of the Mars Chocolate and Wrigley segments over the past year has brought a great deal of change to the organization, with more than 34,000 associates coming together under one global entity. Kristen has been at the center of the communications and strategy discussions for the newly formed business, and she has many insights into how communicators can best work with company leaders to carry forward a new strategic direction.

Q&A with Kristen Campos,
Senior Director of Strategic Business Communications
at Mars Wrigley Confectionery

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Alyeska Pipeline Director of Human Resources Fred Millen

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 23, 2018

Fred Millen, Director of Human Resources at Alyeska Pipeline is an HR guru who specializes in workforce planning, employee development succession planning and more. With a background in Theology, he’s a wonderful storyteller, speaker and counselor to many. He hails from the south, but his colleagues joke that after 10 years in The Last Frontier, he’s “all Alaskan now.” Fred is full of HR wisdom and I’m excited to share with you our Q&A here.

Q&A with Fred Millen,
Director of Human Resources
at Alyeska Pipeline

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Hitachi Vantara Senior Internal Communications Manager Brad Whitworth

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,May 09, 2018

If you’ve been part of our Thanksgiving tradition - Grandma Elsie’s Pumpkin Chiffon Pie - and other famous recipes, then you might already know a little bit about this smart and kind leader. Brad Whitworth, along with his wife Peg Champion, are the head Chefs of Grandma Elsie’s West Coast Test Kitchen and have brought forward many of our favorite recipes over the years featuring Grandma Elsie’s spices. And when he’s not testing recipes in Grandma Elsie’s honor, Brad serves as the Senior Internal Communications Manager at Hitachi Vantara. Prior to joining Hitachi, Brad led communication programs at HP, Cisco, PeopleSoft, Micro Focus and AAA, and is a sought after speaker on business communications. He shares incredible insights on everything from the most effective communications channels to the importance of knowing what you don’t know, to the lessons he’s learning from his new vineyard. I hope you enjoy his insights as much as I did!

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