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.

MICHAEL W. KEMPNER
FOUNDER & CEO

Michael Kempner is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MWWPR, one of the world’s leading public relations firms. He is a nationally recognized authority on reputation and crisis management, public affairs, B2B and consumer marketing and corporate social responsibility. Known for his candor, commitment to community and personal attention to clients; Michael has counseled some of the world’s most prominent executives and brands.

BRET WERNER
PRESIDENT

Bret joined MWWPR as Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice President, and ascended to President, leading all geographical locations and practice groups to amplify creative, strategy, client service and implement best management practices for the agency. Werner has extensive experience in helping companies reenergize or elevate their brands globally. Bret has also been recognized as one of PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 winners and named to the magazine’s Global Powerbook 500 list.

CARREEN WINTERS
CHAIRMAN OF REPUTATION &
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER

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 27 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 WSJ’s Crisis of the Week.

KAREN CLYNE
AGENCY TECH LEAD AND
SAN FRANCISCO GM

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

PARKER RAY
EVP, CHIEF DIGITAL STRATEGIST

Parker brings a wealth of digital marketing and communications knowledge to MWWPR—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.

TARA NAUGHTON
EVP & MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR, NATIONAL CONSUMER PRACTICE

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 nine years with the agency.

GINA CHERWIN
EVP, 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.

DAWN LAUER
EVP & MD, B2B COMMUNICATIONS

Dawn leads the agency’s Business Communications practice. She brings nearly 2 decades of experience developing corporate communications campaigns for clients across all sectors. Dawn developed the agency’s StoryCore™ family of products and specializes in corporate branding, positioning and thought leadership programs for public, private and not-for-profit organizations.

MICHELLE GORDON
SVP, 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.

WILL STARACE
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

MELISSA VIGUE
CHIEF OF STAFF

JOHN DIGLES
EVP/MIDWEST GM

PADDY HERRIDGE
UK CHAIRMAN

WILLIAM MURRAY
EVP, PUBLIC AFFAIRS

RICH TAUBERMAN
EVP, CORPORATE COMM.

CARL SORVINO
SVP, EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR

STEPHEN MACIAS
SVP, LGBTQ

CECILIA COAKLEY
SVP, CORP. REPUTATION

REBECCA BLINSTON-JONES
UK MANAGING DIRECTOR

JOE RUBIN
SVP, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
& PUBLIC RELATIONS

ANDREW GARSON, EVP, ENTERTAINMENT