WASHINGTON, D.C.—Kirk Stewart, former global vice president of corporate communications for Nike, is joining APCO Worldwide as executive vice president of corporate communication. Stewart will play a leading role in helping APCO broaden its work in corporate communication as it expands beyond its public affairs heritage.
APCO has added several new services in recent years, including corporate reputation research and management, litigation and crisis communication, corporate responsibility, brand positioning, internal communication and executive-level counsel. Its capital market and financial communication experience and services have also expanded to include mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings, debt market communication, financial and business media relations, investor relations as well as representation of financial institutions.
“We have worked with Kirk for several years while he was at Nike,” says Neal Cohen, APCO’s chief executive officer, who says Stewart was “a key member of team that turned Nike from crisis to a company with premier reputation today. With his agency experience, he also brings a deep understanding of how consultancies operate to produce significant client benefit.”
Stewart joined Nike in 1997 after serving as chairman and chief executive of Manning Selvage & Lee. During his eight years with Nike, Stewart was responsible for corporate media relations, brand communication, crisis and issue management, internal communication, community affairs, sustainable development and stakeholder engagement. He also co-led the global corporate responsibility team.
During his 16-year career at Manning, Salvage & Lee he also served as managing director of its Los Angeles office, president of the U.S. operation and president and chief executive of the global firm before becoming chairman. Prior to joining Manning, he was director of public affairs for the then-information services division of TRW and worked at Burson-Marsteller.