OUR PEOPLE

We’ve put together a team of the industry’s top innovative players, strategic thinkers, hybrid creatives, and technicians. We are a Human Hub. An interconnected, multi-faceted arsenal of talent. And we are 100% committed to making each client matter more.

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Michael W. Kempner

FOUNDER AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Michael Kempner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of MWWPR. He is a nationally recognized authority on reputation management, crisis management, public affairs, business to business, consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility, and has counseled some of the world’s most prominent executives, organizations and companies. Michael has been honored with several of the industry’s highest accolades, including PRWeek’s PR Professional of the Year.

An active member of his community, Michael is a Founding Board Member of ConnectOne Bank, and a board member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, Goodwill Industries International, and the Coalition for the Homeless.

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Bret Werner

President

Bret works across all practice groups and geographies to enhance best practices and client service. He has created a variety of marketing communications efforts to help distinguish consumer brands in multiple industries and categories, including online, sports, health and packaged goods. As a co-founding member of Catalyst, he spearheaded the agency’s dynamic growth with global brands and received significant industry recognition for the agency’s work to grow client brands to number one in their categories.

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Will Starace

Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Will oversees the agency’s finance operations including human resources, legal and information technology. He has more than 20+ years management experience leading global agencies in a CFO capacity and keeping businesses in line with global budget and financial reporting.

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JP Schuerman

President, Western Region

As President of MWWPR’s Western Region, JP Schuerman serves as senior client strategist for marquee consumer and technology brands. JP anchors the firm’s expertise across travel/tourism, food & beverage, LGBT and wine & spirits. Spanning more than 20 years, his career boasts high-profile experience in strategic planning, creative oversight, new media initiatives, brand positioning, integrated marketing and product launches.

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Gina Cherwin

Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Gina Ormand Cherwin serves as a core member of the agency’s executive and operations teams. She leads MWWPR’s human resources organization, overseeing talent recruitment, development and retention, performance management, organizational development, employee engagement initiatives and company culture.

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Carreen Winters

Executive Vice President, Corporate Reputation

Carreen leads our Corporate Reputation Management practice, covering all aspects of corporate reputation including executive positioning, employee engagement, CSR and citizenship, crisis and issues management and labor relations. Beginning her career with MWWPR 26 years ago, Carreen has been responsible for some of the agency’s most recognized work. She is a noted blogger, author and speaker on topics related to reputation, and appears regularly in the national news media including The Wall Street Journal, CNN and the Washington Post.

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Parker Ray

Executive Vice President, Chief Digital Strategist

Parker brings a wealth of digital marketing and communications knowledge to MWW—having worked agency side, in house, at startups, and as an editor. Parker specializes in digital brand marketing through social media, influencer, content strategy and development, website design and development, SEO & SEM, and eCommerce—and he has leveraged this experience across numerous Consumer, Corporate, and Healthcare companies.

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Heather Wilson

Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Heather Wilson advises companies on crisis management, litigation, transactions, shareholder activism, corporate visibility and reputation management. She has counseled companies on issues including: product and food recalls, high-profile litigation, major disasters and airline crashes, cybersecurity attacks, government investigations, NGO/activist campaigns and hostile M&A. She also helps clients develop integrated communications programs to reach key influencers across traditional and social media.

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AMY K DACEY

Executive Vice President and Managing Director

Amy K. Dacey currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Washington, D.C. Office and National Public Affairs for MWWPR.

Amy is a versatile, forward-thinking, and influential leader with a history of success in providing and communicating a clear vision, setting strategic direction, and serving as a catalyst for positive change to further organizations’ missions, values, and goals.

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William Murray

Executive Vice President, National Director of MWW’s 50 State Public Affairs Network

Bill has more than 35 years of experience conducting public affairs, issues management and government relations campaigns for clients in a wide range of industries, with 26 years at MWWPR. He specializes in campaigns that focus on impacting public policy; building and mobilizing third party advocates at the state and federal level, and directing related social and traditional media relations programs.

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Alissa Blate

Executive Vice President, Global Brand Marketing

Alissa has three decades of experience in integrated marketing communications. Whether changing or enhancing perception, increasing awareness and engagement or creative storytelling, Alissa helps brands distinguish themselves in the highly competitive business environment. Over her more than 19-year tenure, she has been responsible for developing many of the agency’s best practices and creating brand leadership for several of the firm’s global consumer clients.

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John Digles

Executive Vice President/Midwest GM

A highly creative business strategist, John brings a record of accomplishment from agency and corporate settings. As CMO of a multi-national company, John transformed a startup venture into a recognized global brand. He has advised companies and senior executives on global marketing initiatives ranging from new product launches and market expansion to consumer education programs. During John’s 12 year tenure with the agency he has won numerous awards for his work in CPG, health and wellness, and consumer technology.

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Tara Naughton

Executive Vice President, Consumer Marketing

Tara leads the New York Consumer Practice. With more than two decades of consumer, technology, health and food and beverage experience she serves as a catalyst for creativity and integrated brand strategy. Tara oversees many of the agency’s consumer and technology lifestyle brands and has played a significant role developing brand strategy in her 8 years with the agency.

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Patrick Herridge

UK Managing Director

Patrick leads MWW’s UK office based in Soho, London. He has extensive experience running domestic and international corporate, consumer, B2B and trade campaigns for some of the world’s largest brands across a variety of sectors. In addition to his expertise in technology, media and telecommunications, Patrick has managed domestic and pan-EMEA PR, crisis communications and reputation management campaigns for major corporate organizations.

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Rich Tauberman

Executive Vice President, Crisis Communications

Rich Tauberman leads the firm’s Crisis Communications and Issues Management practice. During his 20-year tenure with the agency he has helped organizations across industries and geographies prepare for and respond to a wide variety of incidents that could negatively impact their business, reputation and bottom line. Rich is a senior member of the Corporate Reputation Management team and is also an expert in financial/restructuring communications, litigation support and investor relations.

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Karen Clyne

National Technology Practice Lead and GM, San Francisco

Karen manages the agency’s national Technology practice and serves as the General Manager of MWWPR San Francisco overseeing all operations for the office. She brings 16 years of integrated communications and global tech public relations experience to clients across multiple industry sectors, including enterprise, B2B and B2C, security, storage, cloud/big data, health-wellness, IoT, consumer-lifestyle. She has a passion for challenger brands, disruptors and innovators transforming the tech landscape and how this impacts the future of work.

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Michelle Gordon

Senior Vice President, Research and Insights

Michelle oversees MWWPR’s Research and Insights practice which provides strategic thought-leadership to the agency and its clients based on a deep understanding of stakeholders, brands, and their interactions with communication channels. She has 20 years of research experience working across a broad spectrum of audience segments and brand categories. Her expertise includes proprietary and secondary research, measurement and evaluation, and strategic planning.

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Stephen Macias

Senior Vice President, Multi-Cultural & LGBT National Group Practice Lead

Stephen leads MWWPR’s Multi-Cultural & LGBT Practice with a client roster featuring Fortune 500 companies, LGBT owned businesses, LGBT non-profits and national public figures and influencers. He currently leads the national discussion on LGBT issues and has served as the National Entertainment Media Director at GLAAD and Co-President of Outfest.

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Rebecca Blinston-Jones

UK Managing Director

An experienced PR Professional with close to 20 years in the industry, Rebecca has an extensive track record of advising clients at a senior level on PR strategy, messaging and planning with a proven ability to deliver high level media relations and thought leadership campaigns. Her sector expertise includes media, gaming, technology, online and professional services.

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CARL SORVINO

Senior Vice President, Executive Creative Director

Carl leads MWWPR’s content and creative practices which includes a team of designers, content specialists, producers, editors and writers. His expertise is focused on creating integrated campaigns and forward-thinking creative solutions across all media platforms to meet client and brand business objectives.

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CECILIA COAKLEY

Senior Vice President, Corporate Reputation

Cecilia Coakley is responsible for developing and implementing executive visibility and media relations programs for financial and professional services and business-to-business clients. During her 9-year tenure, Cecilia has developed an expertise in corporate branding and thought leadership programs, having provided strategic counsel to a variety of financial services, consulting and technology clients.

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DAWN LAUER

Senior Vice President, B2B Communications

Dawn leads the agency’s Business Communications practice. She brings more than 9 years of experience developing corporate communications campaigns for clients across professional and financial services, business-to-business, and higher education sectors. She specializes in corporate branding, positioning and thought leadership programs built upon a strong foundation in investor relations, social media and crises communications.