NEW YORK—Veteran corporate communications executive Walter Jennings has joined GCI Group as executive vice president and head of the firm’s North American corporate practice. Jennings has experience in-house at Ford Motor Company and in global public relations agencies in New York, Sydney and Hong Kong.
Most recently he served as vice president of global communications for Ford Motor Credit Company, the financial services arm of Ford Motor Company with over $180 billion in receivables and operations in 36 countries. He managed communications during the largest restructuring in the financial services industry at the time, handling all issues during a restructuring that impacted 4,000 employees in North America.
“Walter represents the caliber of talent we believe is going to make the greatest impact on the growth of our firm over the coming years,” says Bob Feldman, president and CEO. “His depth of knowledge in corporate reputation and his vast international agency experience aligns with our commitment to bring added value to our c-suite engagements and demonstrate the value of public relations in driving corporate objectives.”
Prior to joining Ford, he managed the Hong Kong office of Gavin Anderson & Company a financial and corporate communications consulting firm, where he directed a team handling communications for the Hong Kong Telecom acquisition of a China-based mobile phone operator. Jennings also managed corporate profile and transaction public relations for investment banking clients including Morgan Stanley, Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers and Barclays Bank. He handled the Asia-wide creation of Barclays Bank, formed in the aftermath of BZW Asia.