United's Kiker Joins Edelman Corporate Practice
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United's Kiker Joins Edelman Corporate Practice

John Kiker, vice president of worldwide communications at United Airlines, is joining Edelman as executive vice president and general manager of its New York corporate affairs practice.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—John Kiker, vice president of worldwide communications at United Airlines, is joining Edelman as executive vice president and general manager of its New York corporate affairs practice. Kiker will report to New York general manager Matthew Harrington and will lead a practice that includes crisis management, employee communications and corporate reputation management.
 
“John’s appointment is an important development for Edelman as he brings a depth of experience in counseling corporations as they advance their interests with numerous stakeholders, both internal and external,” said Harrington. “In navigating today’s challenging environment, John’s experience will prove invaluable to our clients and staff throughout the firm.”
 
Kiker joined United Airlines in 1993 from the agency world, having previously held positions with Porter Novelli, Rubenstein Wolfson (since acquired by Shandwick), and Manning Selvage & Lee. At United, directed corporate communications in the wake of several high-profile events, ranging from labor disputes to layoffs to the attacks of September 11, which involved two United flights.
 
He has served as the primary marketing and communications strategist for the senior-management tea, reporting to the chairman and chief executive and responsible for all marketing communications, corporate imaging, brand positioning, media relations, employee communications and charitable giving.
 
Kiker is also this year’s chairman of Arthur W. Page Society.
 
“No firm is taking a greater lead in understanding and addressing corporate reputation than Edelman,” says Kiker. “I was particularly impressed with Edelman’s vision and ability to connect a company’s brand with its products and services, which are increasingly interdependent and fundamental to a company’s credibility, reputation and long-term success.”
 
At Edelman, his clients will include American Red Cross, AT&T Wireless, Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Columbia University (for its 250th anniversary), Fuji Photo Film, L’Oreal, New York Life, Samsung, Swiss Re and UPS.
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