A boutique of C-level communications professionals providing expert guidance to grow our clients’ credibility and profiles.
We believe that every firm deserves expert counsel regardless of size. We are a team of senior strategic communications professionals with deep sector expertise and extensive M&A, crisis communications, and marketing experience. Our work spans the private and public markets and across industries from financial services to healthcare.
While no two engagements are the same there is one constant when you engage with us—you will get expert advice from an experienced team of professionals who have counseled some of the largest global companies to small entrepreneurial firms. You will get a team who will work tirelessly to build and introduce your story to the right audiences and across the right platforms. You will get a firm that acts as an extension of your team, working towards your business goals and objectives.
KWM Communications is a strategic communications firm. We are a team of senior advisors with deep sector expertise and extensive change management and crisis communications experience. We work with privately held and publicly traded companies spanning multiple industries from financial services to healthcare to real estate.
We deeply engage with our clients to ensure that communications initiatives consistently align with our clients’ business goals and objectives. This hands-on approach allows us to continuously evolve and improve the program yielding the best possible outcomes for our clients.
We design and execute programs that grow our clients’ credibility and profiles. We leverage a deep network of contacts cultivated over several decades to secure our clients coverage in the most influential media outlets, as speakers at premier industry conferences and on top industry lists.
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Senior Leadership Team
Kellie Walsh has over two decades of experience in the communications industry. She founded KWM Communications, a strategic communications consultancy in 2007, to advise a select number of firms in their brand building efforts. As president she is responsible for developing and driving the communications strategy for the firm’s clients.
Over the course of her career, Ms. Walsh has advised Fortune 500 companies, some of the world’s largest private equity firms, leading wealth management firms, and growth companies across a variety of sectors. Her client experience includes Benuvia Therapeutics, The Blackstone Group, Boston Private Wealth, DiNAQOR, GRA Equities, HealthCare Royalty Partners, Nasdaq, Suneva Medical, TPG Capital, and Twin Bridge Capital Partners.
Prior to forming KWM Communications, Ms. Walsh served in senior roles at Nasdaq and at Citigate Dewe Rogerson, a global communications firm. Ms. Walsh began her career at PaineWebber in Boston.
She has a B.A. from Boston College.
Rachel Kessler has over 20 years of media relations and journalism experience. She has provided media insight and secured global press coverage for numerous clients in a variety of fields including healthcare (biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical devices) and financial services (private equity, wealth management).
Over the course of her career, Ms. Kessler has generated press coverage for leading companies, including Abbott, Amgen, Banyan Partners, Bayer, Eli Lilly, Medtronic, Paul Capital Partners, Pfizer, Roche, and Silver Bridge Advisors. She has also worked with top authors to launch their books, and on celebrity campaigns with stars such as Angelica Houston, Noah Wylie, Joe Montana, Bart Connor, Summer Sanders, Davis Phinney, and Lela Rose. Ms. Kessler also has experience working with non-profits, government agencies, and hospitals, including The American Fertility Association, Mount Sinai Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control.
Prior to her public relations career, Ms. Kessler worked at The Wall Street Journal, the ABC News Investigative Unit and WUSA-TV.
She has a B.A. from Boston University.
Tim Hay has more than 20 years of journalism, marketing and public relations experience. He has has secured media coverage and published bylined articles for clients in Forbes, Bloomberg, The New York Times, Fortune, CNBC, STAT News, Endpoints News, VentureBeat, TechCrunch and other outlets. Mr. Hay has worked with clients across the venture capital, financial services, and healthcare sectors including Bain Capital Ventures and Intel Capital.
Before starting his public relations career, Mr. Hay spent eight years covering venture capital and privately held companies at The Wall Street Journal with a focus on biotech and digital health. Prior to the Wall Street Journal, he worked as an editor for a newspaper chain that includes the Oakland Tribune and the San Mateo County Times.
Owen Blicksilver has more than 40 years of experience in public relations and financial communications. He founded Owen Blicksilver Public Relations, Inc. in 2001, a highly regarded, independent, specialty practice firm focused on communications for private equity and real estate firms, financial institutions, crises and special situations, as well as strategic investor relations assignments, that was sold to Lambert Edwards in 2018.
Prior to forming Blicksilver PR, Mr. Blicksilver was a principal at Incepta, in the Sard Verbinnen division and was Executive Vice President at financial communications and M&A PR firm Dewe Rogerson. Immediately prior to joining Incepta in 1998, Mr. Blicksilver served for more than a decade as a founder, Managing Director and head of Principal Communications, a corporate and financial public relations agency that served as the corporate public relations subsidiary of GCI Group, a unit of Grey Advertising. At Principal, Mr. Blicksilver personally advised investors David Bonderman (TPG), Robert Bass, Tom Barrack (Colony Capital) and Arthur Solomon (Lazard Frères) as well as their investment partnerships. In the early ’90s, he was involved in communications related to the recapitalization of Continental and America West Airlines, and advised RJR Nabisco during its proxy fights. Mr. Blicksilver also served as public relations advisor to Aetna and was later brought in on a special counsel basis to coach CEOs, including Bill Donaldson and Jack Rowe, for potentially contentious annual meetings.
Prior to founding Principal Communications in 1987, Mr. Blicksilver was a principal with Adams & Rinehart Inc., a corporate and financial public relations agency, where he managed the mortgage and real estate account for Lewis Ranieri at Salomon Brothers Inc. He also supervised Adams & Rinehart’s Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (now UnumProvident) account, providing counsel on healthcare and financial issues, and ultimately, on the company’s demutualization to a capital stock corporation.
Mr. Blicksilver’s public relations career also includes leadership positions at Burson-Marsteller and Anna M. Rosenberg Associates. He earned a B.A. in History from Brooklyn College and has taken graduate courses at the School of Business Administration at New York University.