Washington, D.C. (September 23, 2013) – Nick Ashooh, who has led communications at five Fortune 500 companies during his 37-year career, joins APCO Worldwide on Oct. 1 as senior director, corporate and executive communication, founder and CEO Margery Kraus announced today. Ashooh will be based in APCO’s Washington, D.C., office but will work with APCO’s teams across the entire company.
“I’m excited Nick decided to join the APCO team for this next step in his career. His nearly four decades of experience in corporate communications in highly complex corporate environments during times of significant business change and in highly regulated industries will bring invaluable insights to our clients at the C-suite level,” said Kraus. “His impact on the communications industry is noteworthy, and his deep experience and insights will benefit a wide range of our clients around the globe.”
Ashooh’s experience in corporate affairs and corporate communications spans several industry sectors, including energy and utilities, financial services, insurance, metals and mining, and entertainment. Most recently, he served as vice president of corporate affairs for Alcoa, a global metals and mining giant, where he was responsible for media relations, community relations, internal communications, marketing communications and corporate reputation. He also oversaw the Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States.
“I’m truly excited to join such a great organization and contribute to APCO’s global corporate communications offering,” said Ashooh. “I’ve sat in the seat of APCO’s clients, and I understand their needs firsthand. I’m ready to help APCO’s clients tackle their business challenges and build their corporate brands.”
Prior to his role at Alcoa, Ashooh was senior vice president of corporate communications at American International Group (AIG), where he led all internal and external communications, including crisis communication strategies during the global financial crisis. He also served as senior vice president for corporate communications at American Electric Power (AEP) and in senior communications positions at Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation, where through his leadership, he and his staff earned the Arthur W. Page Society’s National Award. Prior to that, he served as vice president for corporate communications for Paramount Communications Inc., where he managed financial communications, media relations and internal communications and provided oversight of the communications activities of Paramount’s principal subsidiaries including Paramount Pictures, Simon & Schuster and Madison Square Garden.
Ashooh is a past chairman of The Seminar and The Wisemen, two of the oldest organizations for senior communications professionals. He is also a trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society, and a member of the Civilian Public Affairs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Ashooh received the Milestones in Mentoring Award from the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations in 2012 and was named the Communicator of the Year by his alma mater, Marquette University, in 2001.