Global marketing and communications agency, FINN Partners, announced that Kris Garvey Graves has joined as Senior Partner, based in Chicago. A hybrid leader, Kris brings 25+ years of award-winning integrated consumer marketing communications knowledge and agency operations expertise to FINN’s global team.
Kris has extensive experience developing consumer brand strategy and creative for brands and companies across sectors – from food, restaurant and culinary to retail, fashion, beauty, and travel. She has managed rebranding campaigns, social media/digital activations, sports partnerships, education programs, non-profit alignment, mobile marketing efforts and more to drive storytelling, incite engagement and stimulate revenues.
Kris joins FINN after two years as chief operating officer and senior integrated strategist with a boutique Chicago PR agency specializing in CPG clients, heading up client strategy and agency operations across the firm. Her career has been spent working with top global firms, best-in-class talent and blue-chip clients. She served as Deputy Managing Director and Consumer Practice Leader, Chicago, MSLGROUP. She also spent 10 years at Weber Shandwick, serving as Executive Vice President and Deputy General Manager in the Chicago office.
“Kris deepens our growing bench of seasoned strategists who are bringing creative, integrated solutions to brands,” said Dan Pooley, managing partner, Midwest Region. “I’ve worked with Kris before and have seen what she is able to achieve for clients, and I look forward to this re-connection where she’ll bring her deep talent to Finn Partners’ clients in the Midwest and throughout the U.S.”
Kris has worked with many top brands and marketers, including Kraft Foods, Oscar Mayer (and the much-loved Wienermobile), KFC, Campbell Soup Company, Dairy Farmer’s of America, Mondelez Nabisco including OREO cookies, Delta Faucet Co., ConAgra Foods, Storck Candy Brands, Nestle, mike’s hard lemonade, DiGiorno Pizza, Pampered Chef, American Beverage Marketers, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, Michael Hill Jewelers, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, Procter & Gamble and Bush’s Baked Beans, to name a few.
“I am so honored and truly happy to join the FINN team and to collaborate with their network of incredible talent, not only in the Midwest but around the world. The ‘work hard, play nice’ culture, values that put people first, the agency’s independent status and the important resources that deliver best-in-class results for clients made it an easy career choice for me,” said Graves. “On top of that, there are endless opportunities, and the entrepreneurial spirit across the agency to get there is pretty amazing.”