STEPHANIE YORK JOINS CRISIS MANAGEMENT FIRM; SATELLITE OFFICE TO OPEN IN AKRON
CLEVELAND – Stephanie York, a communications professional with extensive experience and deep ties in the Akron area, is joining Hennes Communications as vice president. The firm, which specializes in crisis management and communications, is expanding its team and opening an office in Akron. York brings to that challenge years of communications work in Akron, most recently serving as director of communications and public relations for Cleveland Clinic Akron General.
York also was director of communications for the City of Akron, working with then-Mayor Don Plusquellic. She also brings in-house legal expertise to Hennes, having worked as assistant director of law for the City of Akron.
“Stephanie is the ideal person to add to our team as Hennes continues to grow and expand,” said Bruce Hennes, managing partner at Hennes Communications. “For years, we have worked with clients in Akron and the surrounding communities, so we know the area. But Stephanie brings to us a different, deeper level of knowledge about the issues and an intimate level of familiarity and trust with people in Akron that can only come from years of working and volunteering there.”
Hennes said York also brings a skill set that will both complement and enhance the Hennes team’s expertise, including governmental relations, social media management, strategic planning and implementation, community relations, disaster preparation and more. “And having an attorney on board, with the experience Stephanie has had with the Akron law department, gives us one more tool for clients who need help with crisis management,” Hennes said.
NEWSPAPER AND DIGITAL MEDIA VETERAN THOMAS FLADUNG JOINS
CLEVELAND – Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis management, crisis communications and reputation management, today announced that Thomas Fladung has joined the agency as vice president. Fladung brings more than 33 years of daily newspaper and digital media experience to the agency, having served as a top editor at some of the nation’s largest newspapers such as the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Detroit Free Press.
“Thom brings an incredible mix of journalism and digital media know-how to our team and to our clients across the country” said Bruce Hennes, managing partner at Hennes Communications. “He is expert at crafting effective, strategic messages on hard deadlines. He is also experienced at quickly evaluating, assembling and disseminating information; skills that are critically important for clients coping with breaking crises and reputation management issues.”
Fladung has overseen newsrooms of more than 300 journalists and has directed dozens of award-winning investigations, breaking-news stories, human interest stories and features. Highlights include helping direct six journalists reporting from the Iraq war after the invasion in 2003 for the Detroit Free Press, where he served as managing editor; leading coverage during the Northeast blackout of 2003 in Detroit and getting the newspaper out with no power; and overseeing coverage of the Minneapolis bridge collapse of 2007 while serving as editor of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
He has also held a variety of editing and reporting positions at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Detroit Free Press, the Akron Beacon Journal and other newspapers and has reported on business, politics, state government, crime and courts and sports.
Hennes Paynter Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis communications and reputation management, today became Hennes Communications. The firm also offers litigation communications and media training services to its clients that are “on trial” in the Court of Public Opinion. The change follows the departure of former partner Barbara Paynter, who will continue her career with her own consultancy, where she will focus on public relations and other communications work.
CLEVELAND, December 5, 2014 – For the sixth year in a row, Hennes Paynter Communications has won a Gold Rocks Award from the Public Relations Society of America, Greater Cleveland Chapter. The firm was recognized for a program it created and carried out for a forestry client in Australia.
The company retained Hennes Paynter after media coverage erroneously reported that large numbers of koala bears had been killed or injured during tree harvesting at the company’s plantations. Although news reports were exaggerated, the misinformation spread rapidly, leading to the suspension of an important industry certification – a move that threatened the company’s reputation and its market share.