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Someone to Know: Jeff Winton, an Accomplished and Inspirational Communications Leader

Posted by David Grossman on Mon,Aug 05, 2019

Jeff Winton, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs at Alkermes, is one of the most committed and passionate leaders I’ve ever worked with. I’m excited to share his story as part of our series of profiles on world-class leaders in communications. For the past year, Jeff has been creating and building a new public affairs function at the global biopharmaceutical company, which is currently focused on mental illness and substance use disorder. His range of responsibilities include overseeing corporate brand and reputation, internal, corporate, commercial and research and development communications, patient engagement, social impact, and corporate events. He also sits on Alkermes’ Management Committee. Before joining Alkermes in 2018, Jeff was responsible for corporate brand and reputation management for Astellas Pharma US, Inc. leading a team similar to the one he’s building at Alkermes. In all of his roles throughout his career, Jeff has been committed to making a difference in any way he could, and I know you’ll appreciate his unique perspective on the communicators’ role today.

From the time he was a young boy working on his family dairy farm while juggling school, extracurricular activities and many ambitions, Jeff Winton has always been a trailblazer.

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Someone to Know: Q&A with AmerisourceBergen Vice President of Business Communications and Executive Support Ginette Meluso

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 27, 2019

Ginette Meluso, Vice President of Business Communications and Executive Support at AmerisourceBergen, has impressive experience in communication strategy across a variety of sectors, including government, agency and corporate environments. With nearly 20 years of experience in the field, Ginette embraces continuous learning of all things communications and is an advocate for leaders and associates alike. She led her team in building AmerisourceBergen’s internal communications function from the ground up through an expansion that now serves an enterprise of 21,000 associates. Passionate about being in service to others, this creative, results-driven, strategic communication professional is definitely someone to know. We discuss her compelling insights in our Q&A.

Q&A with Ginette Meluso,
Vice President of Business Communications
and Executive Support at AmerisourceBergen

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Someone to Know: Q&A with FM Global Assistant Vice President, Public Relations Steve Zenofsky

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Feb 06, 2019

Steve Zenofsky, Assistant Vice President, Public Relations for FM Global, is an incredibly thoughtful strategic communicator and definitely Someone to Know. An award-winning marketing communications professional with nearly three decades of experience in the corporate, healthcare, education and non-profit sectors, Steve shares wonderful insights on how all communicators can get more critical work done while being trusted strategic advisors to leadership. Steve leads public relations at a $5.7 billion revenue company, which operates in more than 130 countries. Among many other things, he discusses communication predictions for the years ahead, the importance of brand experience, and the need to continually enhance organizational competitiveness while thinking strategically each step of the way.

Q&A with Steve Zenofsky,
Assistant Vice President, Public Relations
at FM Global

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Gail Golden Consulting, Principal Gail Golden

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Jan 09, 2019

Gail Golden has been a highly sought-after psychologist and leadership consultant for over 25 years. With a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, she ran a fulltime psychology practice before quickly finding her passion in helping leaders, teams, and organizations lead effectively. Among many insights here, Gail helps us confront the unconscious biases we face as leaders, and challenges us to think differently about our pursuit of the perfect work/life balance. Most critically, Gail offers terrific guidance for curating the life you truly want.

Q&A with Gail Golden, MBA, Ph.D.,
Principal of Gail Golden Consulting, LLC

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Intuitive Surgical Senior Director of Corporate Communications Kimi Nishita

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Nov 28, 2018

I’ve had the honor of working with Kimi Nishita, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at Intuitive Surgical, over the years. This passionate communications leader is a master at finding creative and innovative ways to connect employees to the company strategy and goals. With a love of learning and knowing the latest trends and best practices, she achieves success by combining cutting-edge communication strategies and tried-and-true traditional vehicles to reach and engage employees. She has an amazing ability to connect with people and build lasting relationships in work. I’m inspired by her energy and belief that life is too short to not love what you do, be surrounded by the best (including those she works with and her husband, two children and extended family) and great food! Learn more about this exceptional leader in our Q&A.

Q&A with Kimi Nishita,
Senior Director of Corporate Communications
at Intuitive Surgical

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Sinickas Communications CEO Angela Sinickas

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Nov 07, 2018

Next up in our series, is a Q&A with organizational communications measurement pioneer and thought leader, Angela Sinickas, CEO of Sinickas Communications. I'm honored to know and work with Angela as we help organizations realize the value of strategic internal communications measurement. Long before measuring the business impact of organizational communications was best practice, she was not only implementing it, but writing and speaking about it. We discuss how her award-winning expertise in the measurement process goes beyond tactics and increasing awareness to changing behaviors that achieve better business results. All done through communication effectiveness research and strategies. She also provides pressing advice for leaders on why they should conduct communication research even when resources are tight. Angela’s “ah-ha” insights are compelling and I’m excited to share with you our Q&A here.

Q&A with Angela Sinickas,
CEO of Sinickas Communications, Inc.

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Someone to Know: Q&A with Comcast Vice President of Communications Jack Segal

Posted by David Grossman on Wed,Oct 31, 2018

This innovative and award-winning strategic communications professional (and all-around great guy) is at the top of his game and is absolutely Someone to Know. Jack Segal, Vice President of Communications at Comcast Cable's Greater Chicago Region, discusses his role, tried and true strategies to reach and engage employees, and the instrumental ways communications plays a major role at Comcast. As a passionate advocate for the LGBTQ community and more broadly, for the importance of inclusion and belonging, Jack uses his skills and talents to make a meaningful difference in Chicago and in the communities Comcast operates.

Q&A with Jack Segal,
Vice President of Communications
at Comcast

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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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