Barie Carmichael

Senior Counselor

Barie Carmichael has more than 25 years of experience in corporate communication. Ms. Carmichael has managed strategic communication in a variety of industries involving regulatory issues, corporate branding, media relations, litigation, employee and member communication, and restructuring. Ms. Carmichael served for 12 years with Dow Corning Corporation as their vice president and chief communications officer. During that time, she helped guide the company through the breast implant crisis, including devising a turn-around strategy that obtained positive, sustained, page-one coverage in The New York Times; numerous favorable Wall Street Journal editorials; supportive editorials in all major national and regional newspapers; and supportive features on “60 Minutes,” the BBC and “Frontline” (PBS) documentary. In addition she led the global brand, as well as communication involving Chapter 11, layoffs and restructuring.

In addition to her work at Dow Corning Corporation, Ms. Carmichael was formerly a partner at The Brunswick Group and also served as VISA USA’s executive vice president of corporate relations.

Ms. Carmichael is a Batten Fellow at The University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate Business School and serves on the board of directors for the Centre for Development and Population Activities. She is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society. Throughout her career, she has won numerous awards for issue management, employee communication and change management.

Ms. Carmichael graduated with honors from Carleton College and has a master’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota. She is also a graduate of INSEAD’s Advance Management Program, Fontainebleau, France. Ms. Carmichael is the co-author of Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape.