Washington (July 27, 2016) – Kelly Stepno, formerly at Booz Allen Hamilton, joins APCO Worldwide as a senior director for crisis management and litigation communication, announced Lisa Osborne Ross, Washington managing director, and Kent Jarrell, global leader of APCO’s crisis management and litigation communication practice. Stepno will be based in Washington, D.C.
“We’re delighted to welcome Kelly to APCO,” Ross said. “Every day brings a new high-stakes threat to organizations and corporations, and Kelly brings the mindset our clients need, and the experience they demand. She’ll be an invaluable asset to our team.”
Stepno most recently served as senior associate, commercial health and life sciences, at Booz Allen Hamilton, which she joined in 2011. In her role, Stepno advised client senior leadership and developed strategies to capitalize on opportunities and mitigate risks, with a focus on data-driven decision making.
“Kelly has been managing and mitigating the challenges that keep the C-suite up at night for close to 20 years, and that experience, coupled with her focus on data, will sharpen the counsel APCO provides to decision makers,” said Jake Sargent, head of APCO Worldwide’s North American crisis management and litigation communication practice.
Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Stepno spent 14 years at TMG Strategies in Arlington, VA, eventually serving as vice president and corporate counsel, where she worked directly with clients’ senior management on complex reputation, crisis and litigation issues.
“I’m really looking forward to joining APCO’s dynamic team,” Stepno said. “The crisis management and litigation communication practice sets APCO apart in the marketplace, and I’m eager to assist APCO’s clients in navigating an increasingly complex world.”
A lecturer at the University of Maryland since 2012, Stepno holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and juris doctorate and master of business administration degrees from George Mason University.
APCO has been a leader in crisis management and litigation communication for more than 30 years, helping clients find solutions to complex global problems with risk and opportunity analysis and predicative scenario planning through its PROspectiveTM offering. APCO’s North American crisis management and litigation communication team is led by distinguished experts including:
- Kent Jarrell – executive director and global crisis and litigation communication practice lead; advisor to corporate boards, CEOs and general counsels
- Jake Sargent – senior director; former deputy communication director for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Rules
- Eliot Hoff – senior director; former vice president for Ruder Finn’s corporate reputation practice