Chicago, IL (Jul 6, 2023) – Communications and marketing agency JConnelly has hired seasoned communicator Ryan Hughes as Assistant Vice President (AVP) – Public Relations, where he will be responsible for independently leading their team in retainer and project-based client revenue including delivering impactful campaigns that are designed to achieve business goals. Hughes will be working out of JConnelly’s Chicago office with clients who are often well-established and successful business leaders seeking to reinvigorate their personal brand and establish a lasting legacy.
About Ryan Hughes
Ryan Hughes a senior-level public relations professional with over 12 years of experience delivering strategic communications solutions by leading account teams in providing media relations, corporate communications, crisis & litigation communications, issue advocacy campaigns, public affairs and reputation management programs.
In his most recent role as Senior Manager at Hiltzik Strategies, Hughes was responsible for managing account teams from a diverse cross-sector of industries, including but not limited to those in public affairs, politics, philanthropy, entertainment and the media, public policy, national security, blockchain and cryptocurrency, financial services, technology and artificial intelligence, corporate and professional services, non-profits and education.
As Senior Account Executive at the bipartisan public affairs firm ROKK Solutions in Washington, D.C., Hughes managed high level media relations for clients in both the private and public sectors, with a particular focus on how to leverage their message with policymakers in Washington. In this capacity, Hughes has developed close working relationships with reporters and producers at the local, national and international level.
He joined ROKK Solutions from Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, where he served in a pivotal role handling conservative media relations for Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) campaign for President, and later managed key aspects of the surrogate booking operation for Governor John Kasich’s (R-OH) campaign for President.
Earlier, he served in state government as Assistant to Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford and as External Relations Coordinator for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
JConnelly is a communications and marketing agency working to help organizations and leaders to build, grow, manage and protect their brands. Founded in 2003, the firm has operations throughout the U.S. – including the business hubs of NYC, Chicago, and New Jersey – and relationships reaching worldwide. With the grit of a boutique shop fueled by the power of a global agency, JConnelly helps brands and people successfully navigate an increasingly complex world to achieve extraordinary outcomes.