The Crisis Communications Case of the 21st Century - Transocean and Deepwater Horizon

Brian Kennedy, Houston and Washington DC, USA, Senior Managing Director, Global Head, Energy & Natural Resources, Strategic Communications, FTI Consulting

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : November 17, 2016

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $25.00

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You’ve seen the movie – now hear what actually happened with Transocean after the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Brian Kennedy, FTI Consulting’s global leader of Energy, Power and Products consulting group – worked directly for Transocean for over 18 months assisting the company manage its way through the many layers of responses required after the incident. Over the period, he was Transocean’s chief spokesman. He is a global specialist on energy industry crisis response and speaks regularly on all aspects of crisis response mechanisms.

We are pleased to invite you to hear him speak about the incident and some of the learnings that can be taken when reviewing the outcomes for the company:

This session is supported by AmCham's Energy Committee and Marketing and Communications Committee.

About the speaker:

Brian Kennedy
Houston and Washington DC, USA
Senior Managing Director, Global Head
Energy & Natural Resources, Strategic Communications
FTI Consulting 

Brian Kennedy is a senior managing director at FTI Consulting and chair of the Global Energy & Natural Resources practice in the firm’s Strategic Communications segment. He also serves as a co-leader of FTI’s firm-wide Energy, Power, and Products consulting group.

Mr. Kennedy oversees FTI’s multidisciplinary team of corporate, crisis, financial, litigation, regulatory and advocacy communications professionals that specialize in the energy sector. With nearly 20 years of experience in energy-and-natural resources-related communications, national media affairs and public policy advocacy, Mr. Kennedy provides strategic counsel to energy companies facing complex communications challenges associated with financial and operational crises, investigations, major litigation, mergers and acquisitions, shareholder activism, and federal legislative and regulatory threats. His current and former clients include companies that span the spectrum of both major integrated and independent oil and gas producers; oilfield services, pipeline and petroleum refining companies; coal and hard rock mining concerns; and electric utilities. Following the Macondo incident in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, Mr. Kennedy served as chief spokesman and public and government affairs strategist for Transocean Ltd.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Kennedy served in a variety of communications and public policy roles in Congress, including Press Secretary for former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John A. Boehner (R-OH), Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Communications for the House Committee on Natural Resources, and chief spokesman for both the Speaker’s Task Force for Affordable Natural Gas and the House Energy Action Team (HEAT). During his time in Congress, he worked on the development and passage of legislation including the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the Deep Ocean Energy Resources Act of 2006, the Threatened and Endangered Species Recovery Act, and other energy and environment-related bills. Mr. Kennedy also ran several successful Congressional elections campaigns.

In 2014, Mr. Kennedy was recognized by the M&A Advisor on its annual “40 Under 40” list and, previously, by the National Journal as one of the “Power Players to Watch” in Washington, D.C. He holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.

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