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Andy Hardie-Brown is the co-architect of one of the fastest growing global communications agencies anywhere on the planet. His background in building fast-growth, entrepreneurial companies – and 35 years of senior-level management experience in marketing services firms – has helped Allison+Partners gain recognition as a compelling alternative to the large, multinational-owned players.
Today the agency is recognised as a worldwide business partner that is uniquely suited to respond to client needs at the pace which dynamic marketplaces demand. Under his strategic approach to M&A and talent acquisition, Allison+Partners has grown to thirty offices within the past seventeen years. As a result, his vision of creating a world-class communications firm that addresses the need for a vibrant alternative to the monolithic, multinational-owned PR and advertising agencies and small, single geography firms has become a reality.
Jonathan is a co-founder and partner at Allison+Partners, as well as a trusted adviser to some of today’s best-known technology brands. In his role as global president he focuses on the growth and operations of the agency’s two largest regions, Asia and the U.S. Jonathan also serves as global chair of the Technology practice, spearheading work in both the consumer and B2B categories.
He began his career in Allison+Partners' Los Angeles office, building its profile in the consumer, digital entertainment and technology spaces, and helping to usher in the modern social media age working with clients like YouTube and the original MySpace. More recently, his work for clients including Samsung and Google have contributed to the firm’s continued growth and industry recognition, including PRWeek’s Midsize Agency of The Year.
Jonathan’s work has earned him numerous industry accolades and regular appearances as a media commentator for international news outlets. Jonathan received a Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and previously freelanced as a music journalist and blogger. He lives outside of NYC with his wife, two children and their rescue pup Obi.
Scott is a co-founder of the agency and leads Allison+Partners’ Social Impact group. He developed the agency’s proprietary Corporate Socialanthropy™ process, which helps corporations identify social impact partners and builds the foundation for long-term campaigns that incorporate employee recruitment and retention programs, internal and external communications, and cause-related marketing strategies.
In addition to creating cause initiatives for numerous brands and charity organisations, Scott has extensive experience providing communications and crisis counsel to non-profit organisations and developing board and ambassador training programs.
Prior to Allison+Partners, Scott opened the Los Angeles office of Connors Communications and spent eight years with The Gable Group. Previously, he worked with the City of San Diego and helped to launch the Aaron Price Fellows as one of its original facilitators.
Scott teaches sponsorship and cause marketing courses through UCLA Extension, speaks globally on cause-related marketing and serves on non-profit boards and advisory committees, including Adopt-A-Classroom, City Scholars Foundation, West Valley YMCA and the Southern California Leadership Network. He sponsors the Enid Ruth Pansky Aspire Award at Arizona State’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and is a patron of San Diego State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies, providing a founding gift to the Glen M. Broom Center for Professional Development in Public Relations.
An award-winning PR executive with more than 25 years of experience, Matthew leads the firm’s Corporate practice and oversees the growth and development of our European offices. He has extensive global experience helping businesses and organisations across industries grow and evolve.
Matthew's expertise includes reputation management, corporate brand positioning, thought leadership and executive visibility, change management, B2B marketing, social impact, C-suite counsel, crisis and issues management, integrated communications, influencer engagement, business and financial media and transaction communications.
He is a regular speaker at the Public Relations Society of America's annual conference, in IR Magazine workshops, and has served as a guest lecturer at New York University, Manhattanville College, Salem State University and in Columbia University's Strategic Communications graduate programme. Matthew graduated with honours from Manhattanville College, where he was an All-American Scholar Athlete, and attended St. Catherine’s College, Oxford. He lives in Boston and spends as much time as he can in Vermont with his wife and daughters.
Courtney develops and leads programmes to enhance the technical expertise and leadership skills of 300+ junior-, mid- and senior-level Allison+Partners employees in North America, Europe and Asia, including live events and webinars, online learning, mentoring, global exchange and employee awards. During her tenure with the firm, Courtney has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, developing and teaching courses in social impact PR and social media.
Prior to founding the learning department in 2010, she built and managed Allison+Partners’ Social Impact group in Northern California, helping non-profit organisations, corporations and government agencies drive positive social change through communications.
Before joining Allison+Partners in 2003, Courtney led community and media relations for Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment, a non-profit organisation that helps low-income women start their own businesses. She began her communications career at Alexander Ogilvy Public Relations, where she focused on thought leadership and holds a Master’s degree in public relations from the University of Denver and a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA.
Karyn has worn a few hats in her many years with Allison+Partners – all of which map back to technology. In her current role as founder of the agency’s B2B Technology practice, Karyn dedicates her time to developing high-growth strategies for both start-ups and Fortune 500s. A former journalist and speechwriter, she knows what it takes to tell a compelling, relatable story for even the most complicated of technologies. Her nose for the news has helped companies evolve their brand and executive platforms, establishing them as true category leaders. Under Karyn’s award-winning direction, her teams spearheaded programs for Autodesk, C3.ai, Teradata, Tech Data, Skybox Security and many more.
Prior to joining Allison+Partners in 2008, Karyn lived in New York City where she worked both on the agency-side and within the media. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University (go, Hoyas!), then earned a Masters of Science from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. When not talking about the wonders of AI, data, fintech and the like, she’s running around San Francisco or up in the Sierras with her husband and two (very) energetic kids.
Zach oversees regional business operations, growth and client service for Allison+Partners’ California offices. He has developed strategies for technology, digital media, mobile and consumer electronics companies, and leads integrated initiatives for clients such as Pinterest, Waze, Zendesk, Dignity Health and Driscoll’s.
During his tenure, Zach has managed the 4G network launch for Sprint, helped WhatsApp break out of the mobile and tech trades, led rebranding efforts for Boost Mobile and played a key role in YouTube’s consumer public relations initiatives, which included the CNN/YouTube presidential debates and numerous crisis situations, including the Viacom lawsuit.
Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Zach worked at Zeno Group where he drove work for a variety of consumer-facing brands, including SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Kia Motors America and JibJab Media. Previously, he was at Faiola Davis Public Relations, where he worked on the Symantec account, handling the Norton AntiVirus and Norton Internet Security product lines.
A native New Yorker, Zach received his Bachelors of Arts in Public Relations from the University of Southern California and a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law.
As global chief financial officer, Julia oversees all financial and administrative activities for Allison+Partners.
She previously served as director of M+A and corporate development for Dentsu Network, overseeing strategic acquisitions and divestitures of domestic and international operations. Prior to Dentsu, Julia worked for KPMG in London, Zurich, Pittsburgh and New York on international M+A advisory and audit engagements across multiple industries.
Julia is a chartered accountant (ACA) with a B.Sc. from Imperial College in London. She lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
Jordan Fischler oversees the consumer technology practice for Allison+Partners. In her more than 14 years at the agency, she has focused on PR strategy and implementation for technology products and services as well as consumer brands and digital media companies with an eye toward driving consumer adoption. She has played a senior role with IKEA, YouTube, Mozilla, the launch of MySpace, as well as PR product strategy and support for a wide variety of Samsung consumer and B2B products.
She leads teams that regularly push beyond the technology publications and reviewers to showcase how a product or service impacts the consumer. She guides teams in the implementation of award winning product launches, review programmes and influencer strategies spanning platforms. She has worked extensively on client events including trade shows, celebrity red-carpet events, and media roundtables as well as worked closely with clients to drive impactful thought leadership programmes.Throughout her career Jordan has garnered numerous awards for campaigns from the launch of American Idol Underground, the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Samsung and Real Mex Restaurants. She was also recently named one of PRWeek’s 2017 “40 Under 40.” She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business.
Lisa Rosenberg is a creative instigator known for her ability to develop integrated solutions that keep people engaged. With an eye on creativity and storytelling that is always on point, Lisa has been a hands-on force behind many successful brand journeys. At Allison+Partners, Lisa serves as the chief creative officer and co-chair of the Consumer Marketing practice where she is responsible for providing creative direction and leadership to all areas of the organisation globally. Lisa works with teams on creative strategy and idea generation supporting a wide variety of clients.
Previously, Lisa was president, North America of Havas PR, where she was responsible for the operational and business leadership of the agency. Before joining Havas, Lisa spent 21 years at Porter Novelli, where, as a senior partner, she served on the agency's global executive committee and held leadership roles such as chief marketing officer, managing director of NY, director of the global brand marketing practice and head of PN Entertainment. Prior to joining Porter Novelli, she worked at Hill+Knowlton NY and Ogilvy & Mather, London.
Lisa has worked with many leading companies throughout her career, including Procter & Gamble, Gillette, M&M/Mars, Ford, PepsiCo, HP, Reckitt Benckiser, British Airways, Johnson & Johnson, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan.
Lisa holds a BA in History from Johns Hopkins University, and resides in New Rochelle, N.Y., with her husband and twin sons.
Jim oversees the business operations, growth and staff development of Allison+Partners’ UK + Ireland teams. He also provides strategic counsel to a variety of clients in the region, including UL, Seventh Generation, IKEA, Cortland Partners, Dexcom and Ascott. Jim’s rich 20-year career has spanned consumer, corporate and entertainment sectors. Prior to joining Allison+Partners, he spent nine years working in various roles at London-based freuds. There, he oversaw the global corporate affairs brief for Mars Incorporated, with a focus on media relations strategy and activation, and supported corporate communications efforts for UK supermarket ASDA. During his time in the consumer practice, Jim was the business director on Sky Broadcasting and worked on the Diageo and Mars accounts as well as Visit London. Prior to that, he ran the film team, working major US and UK film distributors on festival, corporate, unit, theatrical and home entertainment campaigns. Jim began his career at Rogers & Cowan in Los Angeles, where he worked across a combination of entertainment and consumer programmes. Jim graduated from the University of Manchester and lives in his hometown of London with his wife and two children.
Tom is a strategic, highly skilled corporate communications professional with a proven 24+ year track record of leading and implementing corporate campaign programmes. Tom has led numerous multi-million-dollar global accounts and as a managing director in Allison+Partners' corporate practice, he brings deep capability in numerous industries including financial services, hospitality, professional services, technology, education, healthcare and industrial supply. His specialties include integrated communications, corporate brand positioning, thought leadership, executive visibility, B2B marketing, influencer management, media relations and investor relations.
Tom spent more than a decade at Ogilvy PR as an executive vice president leading the firm’s New York corporate practice. Before joining Ogilvy PR, Tom was a vice president in the corporate communications group at Fleishman-Hillard where he provided qualitative and quantitative investor relations analysis, shareholder identification and industry research. Tom was also a senior account supervisor with GCI Group and early in his career, he worked at Makovsky + Company, a New York-based investor and public relations firm.
Tom received his Bachelor's degree in Communications from Marquette University in Milwaukee. He has also been a guest speaker at the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) Annual Conference, New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) and Marquette University. Tom is an avid golfer and played at the Division 1 level.
As a recognized thought leader in the industry, David specialises in navigating the unique communications and marketing challenges clients face in China. He advises multinationals expanding into the region, and guides Chinese companies on communications strategies when entering international markets. David's book, “Public Relations in China: Building and Defending your Brand in the PRC,” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015.
Prior to joining Allison+Partners, David served as president and chief executive officer of Wolf Group Asia (WGA), a Beijing-based strategic corporate communications advisory firm. Serving clients such as Discovery Networks, Motorola Mobility, Google, Foxconn, Blizzard, AOL, About.com and Irdeto, WGA won both client and industry accolades and was named Asia-Pacific Boutique Consultancy of the Year by The Holmes Report. Prior to WGA, he led the Asia-Pacific Technology Practice for Burson-Marsteller and was the managing director and chief operating officer of Claydon Gescher Associates (CGA), a boutique strategy and public affairs consultancy based in Beijing.
David lived in China for nearly two decades and now divides his time between China and the US He holds a Master of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of California, Davis. In addition to English, he is fluent in Mandarin and Spanish. David blogs at Silicon Hutong and The Peking Review.
Jerry oversees business operations, growth and client service for the Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu offices, fostering expansion throughout the region. He is a recogniSed expert in corporate communications, with experience in crisis management, public affairs, B2B and technology, counseling clients such as Schneider Electric, Trina Solar and iRobot.
Prior to joining Allison+Partners, Jerry founded and was general manager of Century PR, a boutique agency focused on corporate communications. Clients included Honeywell, Zynga, Happy Life and CITIC group. Previously, he held senior positions at several global agencies including PPR, Fleishman-Hillard, Hill & Knowlton, Manning Selvage & Lee and Burson-Marsteller.
Jerry served as a member of the core communications team for the Beijing Olympic Organising Committee, providing counsel and crisis management to the government agency. He spent his early career as a diplomat before entering the public relations industry. Jerry holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of International Studies and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Beijing University.
Our agency is defined by our culture. In this highly entrepreneurial environment, employees are encouraged to pursue their individual passions and are empowered to do things differently. Our team members create new service offerings, seek out new clients they’re passionate about, volunteer in local communities and create cross-office committees focused on making our workplace fun and inclusive.
Our unique, one P+L structure means no internal turf wars over business or corporate politics that distract from our focus on the work. This enables a genuine sense of camaraderie, and a culture of creativity and collaboration that is unique to us.
OUR CORE VALUES
Our core values, which were developed with input from every level of the organisation, provide an internal guide to how we approach our workplace culture.
I feel so lucky to work at Allison+Partners – coming in every morning to a collaborative, friendly environment where no day is the same, is amazing. The company’s perks are pretty great too!
One of the best things about Allison+Partners is the people. It makes such a difference working in an office where we all genuinely get on so well!
What I love about working at Allison+Partners is the strong global collaboration across borders. Even when working in different time zones, we work harmoniously to deliver the best results for our clients. Sometimes it feels like colleagues across the world are sitting just next door.
At Allison+Partners, citizenship is not just a word, but a commitment to the communities where we work, live and play. Since our inception, we’ve pioneered the idea of social impact. But it isn’t just about consulting non-profits and corporations on their cause platforms. It’s about actually donating time, money and services to worthy organisations. From supporting outreach programmes with the University of the Arts London and the Question Media Group, to participating in the agency’s Global Day of Giving, we empower our team members to pursue their individual passions to do good.