Chris Hardman is a Managing Director on the Crisis Communications team based in Washington, D.C. Mr. Hardman is an energetic communications executive with extensive experience in all phases of brand building and thought leadership development. He specializes in helping businesses protect, promote and drive corporate communications, managing public relations, labor relations and marketing.
As a change agent with a unique ability to adapt to dynamic operating environments, Mr. Hardman advises senior management on strategies to build market leadership and drive alignment across internal and external stakeholder groups. He has led communications efforts at companies from start-ups to the Fortune 500 and has a track record of delivering measurable results and organizational improvement.
Mr. Hardman is particularly adept at complex communications challenges, including reputation management, crisis communications and transformational disciplines. In addition, he has led communications efforts for several M&A, restructuring and IPO activities. He is particularly experienced in delivering outstanding results for heavily regulated industries.
Mr. Hardman is deeply experienced in directing thought leadership positioning through a variety of platforms, including social media, roundtables, speaking engagements, congressional testimony and investor presentations. He led communications programs for federal government investigations and settlements, company litigation, civil suits, labor activity, fraud and shareholder concerns.
Mr. Hardman started his career as a reporter and editor for news outlets in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. For the past 25 years, he has held senior communications roles in the software, technology, internet, telecommunications, translation services, higher education and healthcare industries. His journalism background and ability to serve as a trusted company spokesperson have helped him build relationships with reporters across the country, and adept quickly in new business sectors. Mr. Hardman holds a B.A. in English from Colorado College.