Ken Willis is a senior public relations executive who provides strategic counsel and results-driven programs to clients. A PR veteran with extensive agency experience, he helps companies with corporate reputation, CEO and senior executive communications, change management, crisis and issues management and public relations campaign development and execution.
In 2007, Ken founded Ken Willis Inc. and provides his expert internal counsel to Chick-fil-A and public relations services to other clients. READ MORE....
At the age of 13, Ken launched his career as a Reporter for The Macon Telegraph in Macon, Ga. After studying journalism at the University of Georgia, his career as a journalist continued for 10 years while he worked as a Reporter and Editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
During 2006 and 2007, Ken served as Senior Vice President at Fleishman-Hillard, where he was responsible for the strategic planning and execution of BellSouth Corp.’s public relations, media relations and customer relations campaigns. He orchestrated communications for the company prior to and during the merger with AT&T.
In 1993, Ken began living his dream of running a public relations firm when he founded CGI Group/Atlanta in the attic of house in Decatur, Ga. The company expanded quickly and soon moved to an office in Midtown Atlanta.
Six years later, GCI Group/Atlanta was one of Atlanta’s leading PR agencies and the second largest in the city. Heavyweight clients Ken brought on board included BellSouth Corp., the American Cancer Society, Georgia-Pacific Corp., The Home Depot Inc. and Deloitte & Touche.
In addition to playing the key role in the growth of GCI Group's Atlanta office, Ken was promoted to President of GCI Group's North America operations, which generated $50 million in revenue in 1999. In this role, Ken focused on expansion and responded to changes in the market. Approximately 70 percent of his time was spent traveling in North America.
Ken launched his public relations career in 1983 with a subsidiary of AT&T, which became BellSouth. He was the first President of the company's Cellular Phones group. From there, he moved into politics, where he served as Chief of Staff for former U.S. Rep. Pat Swindall, R-Ga., in Washington, D.C.
Other agency positions Ken has held include serving as Senior Counselor at Porter Novelli Senior Vice President of Hill and Knowlton.