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Corporate Communications Executive

Building Awareness / Enhancing Corporate Reputation / Master of Business Administration, Marketing

Successful experience in strategic planning, public relations, and corporate communications in the private and public sectors, combined with exceptional strategy development and execution skills.

•Hands on industry experience in telecom, high tech, publishing, shipping and transportation industries, and in marketing to federal/state governments.

•Strategic thinking, creative concepts, brilliant ideas, analysis of results;exceptionally well-rounded with experience in US and international media relations.

•In-depth experience in designing, developing and implementing national communications and public relations strategies.

•Understanding of how to create the right environment for creative staff to produce their best work with a premium on originality and innovation.

•Hands-on attitude, energy and style. Hard working, dedicated, and self-confident. Team player and collaborative leader who can excite and motivate staff to success. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Work experience

Feb 2004Present

Sr. Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs


In charge of promoting corporate image and awareness of the products and services of this €39.6 billion international and domestic express and ground parcel delivery, freight forwarding, and contract logistics company.  Responsibilities have encompassed leading the post merger integration of DHL/Airborne Corporation Communication functions, establishing an integrated DHL internal/external communications department, leading all corporate communications programming, and overseeing corporate publications and the planning/execution of all company sponsored events.  Extensive focus on directing communication strategies to build awareness and strengthen perception of the DHL brand as the global leader in express transportation.  Acted as US spokesperson on all business strategy, operations, investment, human resources and marketing efforts, and provided communications counsel to senior leadership and effective crisis management.  Managed a $3 million annual budget. Consistently delivered outstanding results:

–     Generated 1+ billion US media impressions in 2005 and 2007 – securing major coverage in outlets, including USA Today, Forbes, Fortune, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNBC, The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, The History Channel, and Jimmy Kimmel Live;  

–     Increased overall print/online coverage by 9% in 2006, reaching total audience of approximately 828 million readers and viewers;

–     Consistently increased share of voice from 9.5% (2004) to 12.6% (2005), 14.4% (2006), and 18.2% (2007);

–     DHL’s average mention rate increased (from 2.91 to 4.15 per story) in 2006 and subsequently remained consistently higher than both of its principal competitors, FedEx (2.37) and UPS (2.90); 

–     95% or more of DHL’s print and online news coverage was rated positive and/or neutral in tone in 2005 and 2006, increasing to over 97% in 2007 with a 15 point decrease in negative tonality for consumer complaint and critical incident coverage. 

•      Crisis Communications – Spearheaded crisis communications plan to establish policies and procedures in the event of a crisis situation; plan serves as the basis for DPWN company-wide crisis communications guide.

•      Facility Grand Openings & Media Events – Planned and managed grand openings and media events, including the East Coast, West Coast, and Central Hub openings, and Central Hub facility employee & community events.

•      Corporate Social Responsibility – Led the development of corporate social responsibility policies and programs, including the Trees for Troops Program, which has generated over 2 million media impressions yearly (including coverage on CNN and multiple local television news segments across the country) since 2004; also designed and implemented the DHL Thanksgiving Food Drive, generating coverage on MSMBC (live remote) and The Tony Danza Show.

•      Competitive Intelligence – Gathered competitive intelligence and developed reports on significant events in the industry.

•      Customer Success Program – Created and implemented a Customer Success Program that identified new customer wins and fostered positive customer relationships; program was launched to Field Sales and National Accounts sales teams, and generated multiple customer testimonials and significant press coverage.

•      Olympic Team Sponsorship – Developed the principal activation platform for the DHL sponsorship of Team USA during the 2006 Olympic Winter Games.  Utilized US Olympic/Paralympic Spirit as a national platform to be leveraged before, during and after the Olympic Winter Games.  Generated more than 254 million US media impressions and 730 media placements (TV, radio, print, and online); achieved high profile national coverage on CNN, ESPN, NBC Today Show, and USA Today.

•      Major League Baseball Sponsorship – Developed and directed PR activation platform for DHL’s Major League Baseball sponsorship for the 2005-2008 seasons, including the DHL Delivery Man of the Month/Delivery Man of the Year program.  Developed PR platform for the DHL MLB Hometown Heroes program in 2006, in which fans voted for players who most embodied the legacy of each respective team:

–     Developed “Team DHL” spokespersons program with baseball legends Johnny Bench, Ozzie Smith, Cal Ripkin, and Lou Piniella to promote the Hometown Heroes program nationally.

–     The Hometown Heroes Program generated more than 11 million votes online, the most successful online consumer marketing program in MLB history, and more than 200 million earned media impressions, including stories in the AP, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Times, ESPN Radio, CNBC, and Fox Sports Net.

•      Community & Labor Relations – Developed community and labor relations programs to create broader awareness of DHL’s presence in local markets, position the company as a “local company” with global reach, manage issues areas, and build trust among local leaders, potential customers, and other influencers.

•      Corporate Reputation Management – Spearheaded a corporate reputation management program that generated a total of 80.3 million earned media impressions, including a significant amount of local television.  The program was focused on communicating the breadth of DHL’s domestic presence after the acquisition of Airborne, propagating the perception of DHL as a new challenger brand, and to communicating messages on new competition and choice into the express delivery market.

–    Ran a media relations campaign focused on trade, national and regional coverage of the company’s investment announcement, and developed materials for localized outreach.

–      Successfully positioned the company as a strong third alternative in express delivery market, and realized an increase in unaided brand awareness from 19% to 70%.


Mar 2003Feb 2004

Director, Corporate Communications

DHL Americas

Responsibilities encompassed leading the post merger integration of DHL/Airborne Corporation Communication functions, establishing an integrated DHL internal/external communications department, leading all corporate communications programming, and overseeing corporate publications and the planning/execution of all company sponsored events.


Account Director


Developed and managed marketing communications account work at this seven-time Inc. 500 company; Starmark International generates $45 million in annual billings, and specializes in the seamless integration of multiple marketing disciplines.  Worked directly with CEOs and marketing staff of client companies; scope of projects included developing internal employee communications campaigns, branding campaigns, marketing collateral and premium development, web site development, brochure and magazine design and copy writing, and video production.  Managed a 15-person account staff; directly responsible for one of the agency’s top three accounts.

•    PR & Direct Marketing Campaigns – Directed public relations and direct marketing campaign activities for technology, consumer, and B2B accounts; generated coverage in national newspapers, consumer magazines, and television programs.

•    Federal Government – Led new federal government marketing and new business development efforts for the first time in the agency’s history, including agency sales presentations and collateral.  Led new business pitches, developed sales outreach plan, including agency presence at government trade shows. 

•    Media Relations – Developed media relations strategies and outreach to both consumer press and industry trade press.


Director of New Business & Media Relations

Porter Novelli International & Brodeur Worldwide
Directed new business planning and implementation for Latin American, US Hispanic and US General Market accounts for the South Florida office of two Omnicom group firms, Porter Novelli (global PR company) and Brodeur Worldwide (global technology communications firm). Essential duties included directing the office’s Media Relations Department, cultivating relationships with key contacts and industry analysts, developing communication strategies, pursuing new business opportunities in the areas of technology, telecommunications, health care, new media, and Internet business-to-business solutions, developing new business proposals and leading new business presentations (in English and Spanish); also coordinated with Omnicom affiliates in Latin America, Europe and North America to organize the internal structure for new global accounts and to manage client image enhancement programs. Traveled internationally to pitch business. Led a six-person multicultural staff.

•New Business – Delivered presentations to Telefonica of Spain, resulting in annualized new business of over $500,000.

Communications Strategy Development & Media Training – Drove US and Latin America communications strategy development for Emergia Holding N.V., a subsidiary of Telefónica S.A. created to provide broadband communication services via an advanced, undersea, high-capacity fiber optic network in Latin America; drove communications strategy development for Diveo Broadband Networks, a leading provider of data center and local broadband solutions for corporate customers in Latin America; and led communications strategy development and executive media training for Planeta Networks, a leading provider of Spanish-language digital media solutions.


Managing Editor


Served as the Managing Editor for this company that produced daily, weekly, and monthly newsletters on Latin American business and political issues to an elite readership of US and Latin American business executives, stock analysts, political analysts and bankers.Interfaced daily with an editorial board and editorial contributors from Latin America business, financial and political circles.Managed and trained a staff of five reporters and editorial interns in the production of four publications on banking & finance, retail, telecommunications, and political issues in Latin America.

•Research & Analysis – Conducted research and analysis of events in the energy, telecommunications, Internet, finance and economic sectors in the region.

•Relationship Building – Established and maintained relationships with key financial analysts and regional economic experts.




University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Kenan-Flagler Business School
Sep 1982Dec 1988


Michigan State University