Hill+Knowlton Strategies (H+K), one of the world’s leading global communications companies, has appointed Jennifer Dunn as Executive Vice President, Head of U.S. Corporate Affairs. Based in Washington D.C., Dunn will also assume leadership of the firm’s D.C. operations.
Proficient in multi-stakeholder engagement, C-suite advisory and driving business-oriented results for Fortune 50 companies and elected officials – Dunn brings extensive experience in corporate and public affairs, crisis communications, social impact, ESG and sustainability, and brand management.
“Jennifer’s appointment further strengthens our already robust corporate affairs capabilities,” said Richard Millar, Global President, and CEO of the Americas. “Jennifer is seasoned in navigating highly matrixed organizations, implementing complex change management initiatives, driving corporate reputation, and building teams. Combined with her deep experience of the financial services and technology sectors, as well as ESG – she will add tremendous value to our clients who continue to seek creative solutions to their complex corporate challenges.”
Dunn joins from Wells Fargo, where she oversaw all external, internal, and executive communications for the company’s Public Affairs function. She also served as lead corporate media spokesperson on all public affairs matters including business, reputational, legal, congressional, and regulatory news. During her tenure, Dunn also managed cross-enterprise campaigns including the launch of a $400 million small business program and Wells Fargo’s proactive communications on their COVID-19 corporate response and relief program for employees, customers, and communities.
Prior to Wells Fargo, she managed global public affairs communications strategies in senior roles at Cisco and Intel. Dunn began her career in political and advocacy communications with stints in the U.S. Senate and on several campaigns.
“Corporations today are operating in especially challenging times. Integrated and strategic corporate communications has never been more important for companies and organizations seeking to build trust with their increasingly diverse stakeholders and to create shared business value,” said Dunn. “H+K carries a strong corporate and public affairs legacy and I look forward to partnering with industry-leading colleagues and clients to continue to deliver innovative business outcomes.”
Dunn will report to Global President and CEO of the Americas, Richard Millar. In addition, Dunn will join the global corporate affairs practice, led by Kelli Parsons, Global Chair of Corporate Affairs and Advisory. The group engages with clients and their stakeholders to achieve sustainable business and societal outcomes and advises leaders to manage risk and build reputational capital, a powerful corporate asset and contributor to value creation.
The addition of Dunn continues a pattern of strong leadership hires in Washington as Hill+Knowlton advances its transformation in the U.S. Recent appointments include former U.S Department of Health & Human Services Deputy Chief of Staff, Judy Stecker as Senior Vice President, U.S. Healthcare Media and Public Affairs, Seleana Wright as Senior Vice President, Better Impact and DE+I, Carolyn Cox as Senior Vice President, Digital Planning + Optimization,and the recent promotion of Daniel Schwarz, to Head of U.S. Public Affairs.
About Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Inc. is an international communications consultancy, providing services to local, multinational, and global clients. H+K operates 73 offices in 41 countries worldwide, as well as an extensive associate network, delivering award-winning campaigns to clients across all sectors and disciplines and with a focus on continued innovation for the industry. Headquartered in New York, the firm is part of WPP, one of the world’s largest communications services groups.