Meet Our Team
Montieth M. IllingworthCEO and Global Managing Partner
Montieth M. IllingworthCEO and Global Managing Partner
Montieth’s career in creating and executing communications strategies and programs to achieve high-value outcomes is extensive and accomplished. He has advised clients on a wide variety of special situations and issues, including global market expansions, new product launches, rebrandings, corporate contests, restructurings, bankruptcies, M&A, economic development, corporate governance, litigation and regulatory investigations. He counsels numerous CEOs, CFOs, CMOs and Generals Counsel, publishes a wide variety of thought leadership on communications, and has spoken at industry conferences on the emerging complexities of issues and crisis management.
Montieth began his professional life as a journalist writing and photographing the civil war in Rhodesia (today Zimbabwe) while still a college student. He went on to work as a journalist for a variety of national magazines and newspapers, and as a screenwriter and author. His biography of boxer Mike Tyson, “Mike Tyson: Money, Myth and Betrayal” was published in 1991 and became the definitive account of the former heavyweight champion’s early life and career.
Montieth started his communications career with Development Counsellors International in New York, NY in 1995 where he advised governments in the U.S. and around the world on investment attraction marketing and media relations. His work since then is a record of entrepreneurial initiative to design and build specialized practices, and solutions, for his clients. In 1998, Montieth founded the eBusiness practice at TSI Communications, a leading technology PR firm. He then created the Global Corporate Strategies Group in 2001 at Ruder Finn that focused on advising companies expanding around the world.
Prior to starting his own firm, Montieth was Head of Office, New York, for Gavin Anderson & Co., a global corporate and financial communications and public affairs consultancy owned by Omnicom. He led a restructuring of the office which included strengthening its M&A, financial communications and crisis management capabilities and making key senior hires.
Perry is a media director, with technology, crisis communications, litigation PR and financial services expertise. Perry has developed media strategy plans and achieved numerous media placements, throughout North America.
Perry is a trained lawyer, specializing in intellectual property law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a legal fellow to a non-profit organization that provides legal assistance to artists. Perry has developed relationships with key major media at a wide variety of publications and will set up media interviews with news media in the North America. He also advises on public affairs.
Katarina Matic leads the Public Affairs practice at Montieth & Company (M&Co). She provides strategic media relations counsel, communication services, and helps her clients build relationships with government administrations, agencies and elected officials.
Having worked in various positions in federal, state and city governments, as well as in the non-profit sector, Katarina has extensive experience in policy analysis, legislation, community and government relations, stakeholder engagement as well as grassroots organizing.
Prior to joining Montieth & Company, Katarina was a Chief of Staff in the New York State Assembly. She also worked for a senior member of US Congress in both district and legislative offices in D.C. and New York, as well as in the New York City Council.
Becky is a communications professional with experience in New York and London. She oversees the financial services practice group, and specializes in working with asset managers, banks and private equity firms to communicate their investment strategies to retail and institutional investors through integrated marketing communications and PR solutions.
Prior to joining Montieth & Company, Becky worked in marketing and operations for a venture-capital fund-of-funds in New York and produced content on financial and energy sectors for a marketing communications and events company based in London.
Becky has bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Classical Archaeology and Ancient History from the University of Oxford.
Cameron Penny is a multi-disciplinary communications specialist who has worked across a variety of industries and in both the private and public sectors. He heads Montieth & Company’s operations in EMEA.
Over the past decade, Cameron has specialized in advising financial services firms in retail and wholesale markets in addition to UK regulators. Cameron has provided a range of support to clients throughout his career including strategic communications counsel, C-suite advisory and thought leadership program commissioning.
Cameron has headed up agency teams and developed rosters of clients including the likes of AXA UK, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Flood Re and the FSCS. Cameron has also managed communications and engagement efforts at the Bank of England. He joins Montieth and Co from a prior leadership position where he led teams supporting Willis Towers Watson, the AMX and private wealth firms Killik & Co and Saranac Partners in addition to the State Bank of India. He also led the agency communications effort for the launch of CA Ventures, the vertically integrated developer and portfolio manager, in Europe during 2019.