Robert (Bob) Josephson brings nearly 20 years of experience working in the public and private sectors across diverse industries including pharma, emergency management, entertainment, logistics and food and beverage. Bob is part of the Crisis and Litigation practice specializing in media relations, corporate reputation campaigns, litigation communications and public affairs. He has worked on issues of significant national interest including Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast oil spill, and the nation’s opioid crisis.
Bob joined FTI from XPO Logistics, a top ten global logistics provider with more than 50,000 customers and 100,000 employees, where he was Vice President of Communications focused on corporate reputation and crisis.
In this role, Bob developed a comprehensive corporate reputation campaign to insulate the company against union-organizing initiatives. He also built corporate partnerships on breast cancer awareness and with a global non-profit whose mission is to bring shoes and other clothing to impoverished communities.
Prior to XPO, Bob served as Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Purdue Pharma L.P. where he operated as the company’s spokesperson and led the team through complex multi-district litigation of 2,500 plus lawsuits, state attorneys general investigation, U.S. Department of Justice investigation and Congressional oversight. He also created the company’s first CSR program directed at opioid addiction—a partnership with the National Sheriffs’ Association to train and purchase naloxone for law enforcement to help reverse an opioid overdose.
Bob also led Public Affairs at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), overseeing crisis communications, corporate reputation when its former CEO was a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut.
Preceding WWE, Bob spent six years with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as Regional Director of External Affairs in Kansas City for two years and Director of External Affairs in New Orleans for four years following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
During this time, Bob rebuilt the External Affairs capabilities on the Gulf Coast and dealt with numerous controversial matters including housing assistance, formaldehyde in travel trailers and agency leadership congressional testimony.
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