Doug Hearle, former president and CEO of Carl Byoir & Associates and former vice chairman of Hill and Knowlton, has been regarded as one of America’s leading authorities on crisis preparedness and crisis communications.
A specialist in litigation communications, Hearle has directed programs in the communications aspects of several product liability trials and was a key strategist in the U.S. Government attempt to ban saccharin and the dioxin/Agent Orange issue. He has handled various product recalls, boycott campaigns, labor/management confrontations and Chapter 11 filings. He has helped clients construct crisis preparedness communications plans ranging from the Olympics to air disasters.
Hearle was public relations advisor to the Society of the Plastics lndustry (SPl) for years, dealing with such issues as combustibility, solid waste disposal, toxicity and product safety. He has advised law firms to help achieve balanced media coverage in high visibility cases such as the Helmsley indictments and the Virginia Military lnstitute litigation with the Justice Department over the constitutionality of its admission policy. He was called out of retirement a few years ago to counsel the management of the Augusta Golf Club over a national boycott of the Masters Tournament by an activist organization.
Considered as comfortable in a board room setting as in a pressure-filled press conference, Hearle’s counseling experience covers a full spectrum of disciplines and more than 100 client companies over a 3O-year career. His clients have been in the fields of transportation, finance, manufacturing, consumer products, energy, hospitality, education, sports, chemicals and health care. He has advised clients, including governments, in lndonesia, Holland, Austria, Korea, Hong Kong, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, and Australia.
With an MBA in Organizational Behavior, Hearle has long been active in communications education and training. He was a member of the Board of Visitors of New York University’s School of Journalism and an adjunct professor at lona College and the College of New Rochelle. He was a Distinguished Lecturer at Fordham University, the University of Texas and Ball State University, as well as the University of Jakarta in lndonesia.
He served for six years as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the College of New Rochelle, New York State’s oldest independent women’s college, and was on the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at the University of Connecticut.
He is the author of the recently released novel Outsource and many articles on crisis preparedness and communications. Hearle has been elected an “All Star” by the editors and readers of INSIDE PR magazine, honoring his “long and distinguished career in Crisis Communications.” He was named one of the “Five Most Respected Practitioners in New York” in a peer survey conducted by PR WEEK magazine.
He lives in Pelham, NY where he continues to lecture and write.
author of Idea Stormers
Idea Stormers Author First Speaker in FCCA’s New Author Series
Bryan Mattimore, cofounder of the Growth Engine Company, an innovation agency based in Norwalk, and author of the book, Idea Stormers, How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs, will be the first speaker in the newly created Author Series, sponsored by the Fairfield County Communications Association.
Mattimore’s talk will include his “publishing journey:” the inspiration for Idea Stormers, how he secured a literary agent, the decision to work with an established publisher versus self-publishing, and his successes and “lessons learned” from promoting the book since its launch in the Fall of 2012.
Idea Stormers (Wiley Jossey-Bass, 2012) is Mattimore’s second book on how to apply creative techniques and innovation processes to create profitable new ideas for both individuals and businesses. Filled with original stories of his company’s consulting work with over one-third of the Fortune 100 companies, the book includes practical techniques and processes to help individuals and teams generate breakthrough new product, advertising, promotion ideas and growth strategies.
The talk will be at Comradity Innovation Center, 845 Canal Street in Stamford (same building as to Dinosaur B-B-Q) on Wednesday, October 15, from 6 to 8 PM. Attendees, as part of their FCCA event registration fee, will receive an autographed copy of Idea Stormers.