NYU guest lecture

“Tackling the toughest challenge in PR: truly global corporate communication” is the topic of the guest lecture I just gave to master’s students at the NYU School of Professional Studies class of […]

Posted April 20, 2022

Onward to new adventure

China is now the sixth country where I have been fortunate to be based. During the 13 years between 2002 and 2015, I lived in Asia (Singapore, Tokyo and Seoul), so this […]

Posted April 17, 2022

Public launch of new CEOs

When the public debut of Air Canada’s CEO became a total PR fiasco, it became crystal clear that this happened because the communications strategy for his launch (if there was one) was […]

Posted November 5, 2021

Board battle and PR spectacle

On CTV National News last night anchored by Jon Erlichman, I spoke with Heather Butts about the PR dynamics and comms imperatives of the jaw-dropping Rogers family corporate car-crash (a PR spectacle which is now playing out in full […]

Posted October 24, 2021

The leadership communication imperative

This week I guest lectured the smart students of the McMaster-Syracuse Master of Communications Management program for professional communicators. My topic? “The leadership communication imperative.” Our focus? How the pandemic has boosted […]

Posted October 16, 2021

Facebook whistleblower comms catastrophe

Lately I did several media interviews about the sensational whistleblower allegations against Facebook which precipitated a PR disaster for the social media giant. I was quoted extensively in two of them: PR […]

Posted October 9, 2021

Tokyo Olympics PR issues

Having lived in Japan running an international PR business there for a few years earlier in my career, I was recently approached by Dave Dolan of the Reuters bureau in Tokyo to […]

Posted July 22, 2021

PR/IR for CEOs of ‘meme stock’ companies

CEOs of companies that become ‘meme socks’ via social media face a daunting leadership comms challenge. I shared my PR perspective on this trend with Katharina Kort of Handelsblatt, Germany’s leading business newspaper, […]

Posted June 18, 2021

‘Meme stock’ CEO comms

This was a busy media week, with journo interviews on TV (BNN Bloomberg), radio (NewsTalk 1010) and online (Business Insider). For the most part, I’ve been sharing my views about the communication […]

Posted February 1, 2021

Reputation risk in Myanmar

We saw the sad news from Myanmar overnight about the military coup there. Many multinationals have placed bets on that country as a promising market for the future, with Japanese companies prominent […]


Corporate conspiracy communication

I did this radio interview today on what companies should communicate when confronted with a conspiracy theory (and in this ‘some people are saying’ fake news era, not all conspiracies even have […]

Posted January 30, 2021

The pandemic has radically changed PR

Today I enjoyed speaking with Jon Erlichman on BNN Bloomberg about how the pandemic has radically changed public relations and made communications more important than ever for both corporations and governments. Check […]

Posted December 1, 2020

McMaster-Syracuse MCM guest lecture

This morning I spoke on ‘Leadership communication in an age of social purpose and pervasive uncertainty’ to the smart and accomplished McMaster-Syracuse Master of Communications Management students — many of them mid-career […]

Posted September 19, 2020

Real-time leadership communication

I enjoyed speaking with Jon Erlichman on BNN Bloomberg TV about how CEOs need to deliver reality to match their rhetoric when it comes to taking virtuous stands. Walk the talk, not just talk the walk. […]

Posted June 15, 2020

PR disasters driving CEOs to embrace social media

For quite some time, I have been thinking about starting my own podcast – and I still might in due course – but anyway I am happy share that I am now […]

Posted June 1, 2020

The Warren Weeks Show

Recently I was a guest on ‘The Warren Weeks Show’ podcast. My new friend and I talked about state-of-the-art crisis communications, the reasons why so many leaders are poor communicators, the latest PR industry […]

Posted May 25, 2020

Reuters story on Japanese CEO’s leadership comms

The quirky and striking presentation slides of SoftBank Group star CEO Masayoshi Son have been attracting attention both in Japan and internationally owing to their distinctive style and attention-riveting properties. This is why […]

Posted May 21, 2020

PRCA International Summit

‪Looking forward to speaking as a keynoter on this UK-based PR industry platform on the timely topic of: “Forces of change in global public relations: the rising importance of PR for effective […]

Posted April 1, 2020

Crisis comms TV interview

Across 30 years of my PR career, I have been coming to 299 Queen Street, one of the most venerable addresses for media relations in Canada. Never in a million years when […]

Posted February 14, 2020

The Social CEO book

‘How PR disasters are driving CEOs to embrace social media for public relations’ is the name of the chapter I wrote for ‘The Social CEO’ book published by Bloomsbury of London and […]

Posted February 1, 2020

The great Harold Burson

Today, like so many others in public relations, I was saddened to learn about the passing away of Harold Burson, a giant in the global PR consulting industry. Many others knew Harold better […]

Posted January 10, 2020

The challenge of brands taking truly global stands

Having spent much of my comms consulting career in Asia, I recently shared some perspectives in this new Japanese language article on the international cross-cultural dynamics of global brands taking stands in […]

Posted January 6, 2020