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LOS ANGELES – Today, SKDKnickerbocker (SKDK) announced that Heather Wilson, a seasoned crisis management and strategic communications executive, will join the firm on January 3, 2018 as managing director. Heather will help lead the firm’s advocacy, corporate and crisis communications capabilities on the West Coast and nationwide.

She has worked with a variety of industries, including technology, consumer brands and financial services, providing corporate and financial communications, crisis management and executive positioning strategy. Heather also has a strong background in cybersecurity prep and response and litigation communications.

“We are really excited to have Heather join the team and help us continue to grow our California presence,” said Hilary Rosen, managing director. “She has a wealth of experience in crisis management and corporate reputation and a proven record of success handling some of the most sensitive and complex issues. Her background working with C-suite executives and other high profile clients in Silicon Valley and beyond will be a real asset.”

“Heather is an incredibly talented individual and I could not be more excited to be working with her. She has excelled working with some of the largest global brands and on some of the highest-profile crises in the last decade,” said Bill Burton, managing director. “As an experienced communicator and strategic advisor, she will be an invaluable partner as we grow SKDKnickerbocker in the West.”

“SKDKnickerbocker is such a distinguished firm with a deep understanding of what it takes to truly move the needle, be it with the media, with brands or in the political arena. I look forward to working with Bill and the team to expand our footprint and our corporate and public affairs practice on the West Coast,” said Wilson.

Prior to joining SKDK, Heather was an executive vice president and managing director of MWW Group’s National Crisis Management and Strategic Communications Group and led the San Francisco office of Abernathy MacGregor. She was previously with Weber Shandwick and was a journalist with CBS MarketWatch before moving into public relations.

Heather received her B.A. in political science from Southern Methodist University and has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.


SKDKnickerbocker was named to the Observer’s 2017 PR Power 50, a list of the most influential PR agencies. The Observer recognized SKDK’s work around healthcare and reproductive rights, among other areas.

SKDK’s full blurb, along with information on the other members of the list, can be found at the Observer.

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SKDKnickerbocker’s work this year was celebrated at the Public Relations Society of America’s Los Angeles Chapter’s 2017 “PRism Awards.” The awards, which recognize “outstanding programs and materials created by public relations professionals who work in the Greater Los Angeles area,” were given in the “Video Programs | Government” category to SKDK’s work on the Nick Melvoin for School Board campaign, and in the “Public Affairs | Associations/Nonprofits/Education” category for SKDK’s work with Shatterproof.

A full list of honorees can be found here. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!