Patricia Williamson

Objective

With demonstrated success during the course of my career, I have obtained a wide range of skills as an executive involved in all aspects of corporate communications and investor relations. My comprehensive professional background includes excellent managerial abilities and a thorough knowledge of all facets of corporate and investor communications, crisis management, media relations and public relations for enhancing business growth. In these capacities, I have been an integral part of the corporate staff at my current place of employment and have a proven track record of achievement. I have developed very strong organizational, supervisory and creative abilities, as well as exemplary interpersonal skills with both internal and external audiences. Having held fiscally responsible positions, I am experienced in establishing and monitoring budgets and controls and also have experience managing, motivating and training staff.I consistently have demonstrated commitment, dedication and the ability to develop and focus on objectives to achieve practical and positive results that complement growth strategies. Through positions of increasing responsibility, I have enjoyed high-level fulfillment of my professional goals thus far, and would welcome the opportunity to continue this growth. I am confident that I can be an important asset to your organization and that such an association would prove to be mutually beneficial.

Since my present company was acquired in 2008, there is limited future potential for growth, and I would welcome a new opportunity where I again could become part of a senior management team and contribute to a company's growth and long-term success.

Summary

Diversified, seasoned executive with extensive experience in corporate communications, investor relations, crisis communications, employee communications, public relations, marketing communications and advertising. Versatile, results-focused and regarded for the ability to develop and implement timely, high-quality and creative solutions in response to corporate requirements. Multifaceted business leader with the ability to initiate change and implement new processes to achieve desired results.

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Professional Affiliations:

Senior Roundtable, National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)

New Jersey Technology Council

Aerospace Industries Association, Communications Council

Advertising Club of New Jersey

Association of the U.S. Army

Navy League of the United States

American Defense Preparedness Association

Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association

Advertising Club of New Jersey

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Honors:

Who’s Who in Business and Finance, National Reference Institute

Who’s Who in America, Marquis

National Association of Professional Women

Who’s Who of Women Executives, National Reference Institute

Exceptional Performance Award, Department of Defense

Special Act Award, Department of Defense

New Jersey Art Directors Club Certificates of Excellence, 25th, 24th, 23rd Annual Awards

Advertising Club of New Jersey 39th Annual Awards

American Graphic Design Award

2 Telly Awards for Corporate Video

National League of American Pen Women Annual Award

Lila Acheson Wallace (founder of Reader’s Digest) Merit Scholarship

Work History

Work History

Assistant Art Director and Production Manager

Maler, Miller & Brown, Inc.

Developed and executed a broad spectrum of promotional communications for this advertisingagency primarily serving large corporations in the pharmaceutical industry

Supervisor, Technical Support Directorate

ARDEC

Managed, developed and produced communications materials for briefings, reports, proposals, displays, brochures and employee communications, as well as technical renditions of patent designs for high-level Department of Defense presentations involving contracts for the procurement of multimillion-dollar armament. Improved processes, increased efficiencies, reduced execution time; coordinated purchase of computer, photographic and publishing equipment. Instituted quality improvements and office standards for staff of 17. Serviced organization of 6,500+ employees.

Apr 2009 - Apr 2010

Vice President, Compliance Awareness

DRS Technologies, Inc.

• Corporate executive of $3.5 billion 10,500-employee high-technology corporation with 40+ operating units, publicly held until its acquisition in October 2008 by a $24 billion international conglomerate; major contributor to effort to consummate this >$5 billion merger.

• Led development of corporation’s Command Media Center. Edited and reformatted existing and new corporate policies, working with functional department heads to update policies per new government regulations and resolve any conflicts between policies. Led cross-functional team, including Information Technology, to ensure accessibility by all employees via the company’s intranet. Spearheaded corporate compliance and ethics mandatory online training effort, setting program guidelines and evaluating and selecting vendors.

• Edited, designed and developed compliance communications materials, including trade compliance brochures, training supplements and materials for annual conferences.

2007 - 2009

Vice President, Investor Relations

DRS Technologies, Inc.

• Developed and executed strategically designed corporate communications, investor relations, crisis communications and employee communications programs, including all supporting materials, key messaging and branding

• Supported highly active M&A program from announcement through operational integration, as well as pre- and post-merger CEO employee communications, heavily interfacing with attorneys, accountants, investment banks and top-level executives

• Developed Crisis Communications Plan and issued company statements, working with team of legal, financial and media counsel to advise senior management

• Developed and implemented Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Disclosure Policy; served on Executive Disclosure Committee; regularly reviewed/edited 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, S-4s, other SEC filings and board reports

• Led media and financial relations, acted as primary company spokesperson; captured key opportunities for CEO interviews on CNBC, CBS, CNNfn and Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, among others; worked with writers for editorial article development and placement in business and industry publications

• Developed company news releases, including contract award, personnel and event announcements, quarterly earnings and other financial releases, distributed to newswires, trade circuits, employees, analysts, investors and media; responded to inquiries

• Led development of company web site, including extensive product/marketing and investor relations sections, which included real-time SEC filings and stock performance, information on corporate governance, the board of directors, stockholders services, calendar of events, fact sheets and more

• Spearheaded media relations efforts in support of senior executive exposure, product lines with business/financial and industry trade publications; oversaw development and placement of articles in business publications

• Hands-on development and implementation of corporate and brand identity programs; launched extensive new corporate identity and branding program and provided related external and internal communications awareness during transition; included new messaging/vision stationery, external and interior facilities signage, ad campaigns, collateral, internal forms, checks, newsletters; implementation at trade shows/events; directed implementation throughout segment/group and business unit level of operations; all supported a “one voice approach.”

• Prepared executive speeches and scripts for award winning audio-visuals supporting equity offerings and employee communications programs 

• Directed ad campaigns, the most recent consisting of 30 full-page full-color advertisements over a span of 2 years, and oversaw ad research studies

• Maintained track record of on-time on-budget project performance and developed and managed department fiscal budgets

• Successfully recruited and trained staff

• Led application process and all related activities for listing on the New York Stock Exchange

• Supported several equity and debt offerings, and parent stock rights and debt offerings

• Expanded relationships with institutional investors, buyside/sellside analysts through development and implementation of investor out-reach program; included investor targeting analysis, executing road shows, key message development and tracking results achieved

• Served as primary contact for financial analysts and increased analyst coverage; arranged institutional group and one-on-one meetings at investor conferences; developed investor presentations delivered by CEO, CFO and myself; managed investor relations events; oversaw perception studies and analyzed results

• Developed all CEO and CFO scripts for earnings conference calls; arranged webcasts

• Prepared quarterly reports on stock performance, stockholder base shifts and industry peer comparison analysis for board of directors and executive management; directed staff to report daily stock price at close and key market and peer news to senior executives

• Monitored Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates via ThomsonOne and First Call on a weekly basis; worked with CEO, COO and CFO to develop earnings guidance

• Developed themes, wrote CEO letters to stockholders and operations narratives, and supervised entire production process, providing design input and direction for photography and printing for more than 20 annual reports

• Developed CEO’s legal script, presentation and spearheaded all activities to support 2 dozen annual and special stockholders meetings; tracked/reported on voting results

1998 - 2007

Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

DRS Technologies, Inc.

• Developed and executed strategically designed corporate communications, investor relations, crisis communications and employee communications programs, including all supporting materials, key messaging and branding

• Supported highly active M&A program from announcement through operational integration, as well as pre- and post-merger CEO employee communications, heavily interfacing with attorneys, accountants, investment banks and top-level executives

• Developed Crisis Communications Plan and issued company statements, working with team of legal, financial and media counsel to advise senior management

• Developed and implemented Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Disclosure Policy; served on Executive Disclosure Committee; regularly reviewed/edited 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, S-4s, other SEC filings and board reports

• Led media and financial relations, acted as primary company spokesperson; captured key opportunities for CEO interviews on CNBC, CBS, CNNfn and Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, among others; worked with writers for editorial article development and placement in business and industry publications

• Developed company news releases, including contract award, personnel and event announcements, quarterly earnings and other financial releases, distributed to newswires, trade circuits, employees, analysts, investors and media; responded to inquiries

• Led development of company web site, including extensive product/marketing and investor relations sections, which included real-time SEC filings and stock performance, information on corporate governance, the board of directors, stockholders services, calendar of events, fact sheets and more

• Spearheaded media relations efforts in support of senior executive exposure, product lines with business/financial and industry trade publications; oversaw development and placement of articles in business publications

• Hands-on development and implementation of corporate and brand identity programs; launched extensive new corporate identity and branding program and provided related external and internal communications awareness during transition; included new messaging/vision stationery, external and interior facilities signage, ad campaigns, collateral, internal forms, checks, newsletters; implementation at trade shows/events; directed implementation throughout segment/group and business unit level of operations; all supported a “one voice approach.”

• Prepared executive speeches and scripts for award winning audio-visuals supporting equity offerings and employee communications programs 

• Directed ad campaigns, the most recent consisting of 30 full-page full-color advertisements over a span of 2 years, and oversaw ad research studies

• Maintained track record of on-time on-budget project performance and developed and managed department fiscal budgets

• Successfully recruited and trained staff

• Led application process and all related activities for listing on the New York Stock Exchange

• Supported several equity and debt offerings, and parent stock rights and debt offerings

• Expanded relationships with institutional investors, buyside/sellside analysts through development and implementation of investor out-reach program; included investor targeting analysis, executing road shows, key message development and tracking results achieved

• Served as primary contact for financial analysts and increased analyst coverage; arranged institutional group and one-on-one meetings at investor conferences; developed investor presentations delivered by CEO, CFO and myself; managed investor relations events; oversaw perception studies and analyzed results

• Developed all CEO and CFO scripts for earnings conference calls; arranged webcasts

• Prepared quarterly reports on stock performance, stockholder base shifts and industry peer comparison analysis for board of directors and executive management; directed staff to report daily stock price at close and key market and peer news to senior executives

• Monitored Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates via ThomsonOne and First Call on a weekly basis; worked with CEO, COO and CFO to develop earnings guidance

• Developed themes, wrote CEO letters to stockholders and operations narratives, and supervised entire production process, providing design input and direction for photography and printing for more than 20 annual reports

• Developed CEO’s legal script, presentation and spearheaded all activities to support 2 dozen annual and special stockholders meetings; tracked/reported on voting results

1985 - 1998

Assistant Vice President, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations

DRS Technologies, Inc.

• Developed and executed strategically designed corporate communications, investor relations, crisis communications and employee communications programs, including all supporting materials, key messaging and branding

• Supported highly active M&A program from announcement through operational integration, as well as pre- and post-merger CEO employee communications, heavily interfacing with attorneys, accountants, investment banks and top-level executives

• Developed Crisis Communications Plan and issued company statements, working with team of legal, financial and media counsel to advise senior management

• Developed and implemented Corporate Communications and Investor Relations Disclosure Policy; served on Executive Disclosure Committee; regularly reviewed/edited 10-Ks, 10-Qs, 8-Ks, S-4s, other SEC filings and board reports

• Led media and financial relations, acted as primary company spokesperson; captured key opportunities for CEO interviews on CNBC, CBS, CNNfn and Bloomberg TV and Bloomberg Radio, among others; worked with writers for editorial article development and placement in business and industry publications

• Developed company news releases, including contract award, personnel and event announcements, quarterly earnings and other financial releases, distributed to newswires, trade circuits, employees, analysts, investors and media; responded to inquiries

• Led development of company web site, including extensive product/marketing and investor relations sections, which included real-time SEC filings and stock performance, information on corporate governance, the board of directors, stockholders services, calendar of events, fact sheets and more

• Spearheaded media relations efforts in support of senior executive exposure, product lines with business/financial and industry trade publications; oversaw development and placement of articles in business publications

• Hands-on development and implementation of corporate and brand identity programs; launched extensive new corporate identity and branding program and provided related external and internal communications awareness during transition; included new messaging/vision stationery, external and interior facilities signage, ad campaigns, collateral, internal forms, checks, newsletters; implementation at trade shows/events; directed implementation throughout segment/group and business unit level of operations; all supported a “one voice approach.”

• Prepared executive speeches and scripts for award winning audio-visuals supporting equity offerings and employee communications programs 

• Directed ad campaigns, the most recent consisting of 30 full-page full-color advertisements over a span of 2 years, and oversaw ad research studies

• Maintained track record of on-time on-budget project performance and developed and managed department fiscal budgets

• Successfully recruited and trained staff

• Led application process and all related activities for listing on the New York Stock Exchange

• Supported several equity and debt offerings, and parent stock rights and debt offerings

• Expanded relationships with institutional investors, buyside/sellside analysts through development and implementation of investor out-reach program; included investor targeting analysis, executing road shows, key message development and tracking results achieved

• Served as primary contact for financial analysts and increased analyst coverage; arranged institutional group and one-on-one meetings at investor conferences; developed investor presentations delivered by CEO, CFO and myself; managed investor relations events; oversaw perception studies and analyzed results

• Developed all CEO and CFO scripts for earnings conference calls; arranged webcasts

• Prepared quarterly reports on stock performance, stockholder base shifts and industry peer comparison analysis for board of directors and executive management; directed staff to report daily stock price at close and key market and peer news to senior executives

• Monitored Wall Street analysts’ earnings estimates via ThomsonOne and First Call on a weekly basis; worked with CEO, COO and CFO to develop earnings guidance

• Developed themes, wrote CEO letters to stockholders and operations narratives, and supervised entire production process, providing design input and direction for photography and printing for more than 20 annual reports

• Developed CEO’s legal script, presentation and spearheaded all activities to support 2 dozen annual and special stockholders meetings; tracked/reported on voting results

1983 - 1985

Manager, Marketing Communications

DRS Technologies, Inc.

• Developed and executed strategically designed corporate communications and employee communications programs, including all supporting materials, key messaging and branding

• Supported highly active M&A program from announcement through operational integration, as well as pre- and post-merger CEO employee communications, heavily interfacing with attorneys, accountants, investment banks and top-level executives

• Developed company news releases, including contract award, personnel and event announcements, quarterly earnings and other financial releases, distributed to newswires, trade circuits, employees, analysts, investors and media; responded to inquiries

• Spearheaded media relations efforts in support of senior executive exposure, product lines with business/financial and industry trade publications; oversaw development and placement of articles in business publications

• Hands-on development and implementation of corporate and brand identity programs; launched extensive new corporate identity and branding program and provided related external and internal communications awareness during transition; included new messaging/vision stationery, external and interior facilities signage, ad campaigns, collateral, internal forms, checks, newsletters; implementation at trade shows/events; directed implementation throughout segment/group and business unit level of operations; all supported a “one voice approach.”

• Prepared executive speeches and scripts for award winning audio-visuals supporting equity offerings and employee communications programs 

• Directed ad campaigns, the most recent consisting of 30 full-page full-color advertisements over a span of 2 years, and oversaw ad research studies

• Maintained track record of on-time on-budget project performance and developed and managed department fiscal budgets

• Successfully recruited and trained staff

• Led development and implementation of company's industry trade shows

Education

Education

N/A

Rutgers University - New Brunswick - Graduate School

Some coursework toward Mini M.B.A.

BFA

Moore College

Graduated Magna Cum Laude (Final G.P.A. 3.98 out of 4.00)

Skills

Skills

Computer skills

Macintosh and PC proficient; QuarkXPress, Microsoft Office Word, Powerpoint and Excel, Adobe Photoshop CS, Adobe Illustrator CS, Macromedia Freehand