Meet Our Team
Montieth M. IllingworthCEO and Global Managing Partner View Bio
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 GoldmanDirector View Bio
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.
Becky NyeDirector View Bio
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.
Katarina MaticDirector View Bio
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 assessment as well as grassroots organizing.
Prior to joining Montieth & Company, Katarina was a Chief of Staff to a New York State Assembly Member. She also worked for senior members of US congress in both district and legislative offices in D.C. and New York, as well as in New York City Council.
Christine MartinJ.D., Senior Advisor View Bio
Christine MartinJ.D., Senior Advisor
Christine Martin has over ten years experience in litigation support and strategic communications. Ms. Martin has worked on numerous high-profile cases and confidential crisis matters and developed one of the first SMA (social media analysis) protocols for researching Internet based public opinion in large litigation cases for jury research as well as trial strategy.
Ms. Martin leverages her legal training, as well as digital media and communications expertise for Social Data Analysis and Reputation Investigation.
Ms. Martin is a frequent lecturer and presents CLE programs on the subject of Social Media Analysis/Monitoring and Jury Selection at law firms and legal conferences across the country.
Helio Fred GarciaSenior Advisor View Bio
Helio Fred GarciaSenior Advisor
Helio Fred Garcia is President of the crisis management firm Logos Consulting Group and executive director of the Logos Institute for Crisis Management & Executive Leadership. Fred has 37 years of experience counseling global securities firms, banks, insurance companies, specialized financial and professional service firms, corporations, not-for-profits, and governments.
Fred has been on the New York University faculty since 1988. He is an adjunct professor of management in NYU’s Stern School of Business Executive MBA program, where he teaches crisis management, and where he was named Executive MBA Great Professor. He is an adjunct associate professor of management and communication in NYU’s School of Professional Studies, MS in Public Relations and Corporate Communication program, where he has received the Dean’s awards for teaching excellence, for outstanding service, and for 25 years service in teaching. In that program he teaches courses in communication strategy; in communication ethics, law, and regulation; and in crisis communication.
Fred has advised on crisis and risk management, international financial transactions, corporate governance, business ethics, and executive leadership. His previous roles include head of public relations for a global investment bank and for a large public accounting firm, and head of a crisis practice of a leading strategic communication consulting firm. He is the author most recently of “The Power of Communication: Skills to Build Trust, Inspire Loyalty, and Lead Effectively.”
Howard TombSenior Advisor View Bio
Howard TombSenior Advisor
Howard has more than two decades of experience helping large organizations and senior leaders change the thinking and behavior of their most important audiences, including board members, employees, regulators, legislators, consumers, thought leaders and the public. In the 1990’s, he helped Philip Morris USA make its historic shift from combat to cooperation. He was also an executive vice president of corporate communications at Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s largest PR firms.
Howard spent five years as a communications advisor at McKinsey & Co. There, he served a wide range of clients in health care, finance, the public sector and many other fields.
Howard is often published in the major media outlets. His feature stories have appeared in the New York Times and many other publications.
Jan F. KallmorgenSenior Advisor View Bio
Jan F. KallmorgenSenior Advisor
Jan is the Founder and CEO of Berlin Global Advisors a political consulting firm focused on advising international companies and investors on Geopolitics and Government Affairs. He combines a background in investment banking, foreign policy and international public affairs and supports clients in complex investment situations, crisis and transactions / M&A.
He has worked at Goldman Sachs, the German Council on Foreign Relations, the European Group for Investor Protection, Bohnen Kallmorgen & Partner and the global public affairs firm Interel Group. A committed supporter of the U.S. – European partnership, Jan is founder & chairman of the non-profit think tank Atlantic Initiative, a member of the American Council on Germany, Atlantik-Bruecke and a regular speaker at international conferences and universities.
Jan holds a Master’s in history and international relations from Freie Universität Berlin and from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Julian BouldingSenior Advisor View Bio
Julian BouldingSenior Advisor
Julian Boulding is President of thenetworkone, which he co-founded in 2003. Thenetworkone provides strategic counsel and professional services to corporate and marketing clients, helping them to identify and work effectively with independent marketing and communications agencies in 106 countries, worldwide.
thenetworkone initially focused on paid communications channels, but has been active in the field of Public Relations since 2010. The company were initiators and remain lead sponsors of the Independent Public Relations Firms Forum, at the annual Holmes Group Global PR Summit.
Prior to founding thenetworkone, Julian spent 14 years in a variety of senior roles at DMB&B Worldwide, the marketing communications group which was at that time the parent of MS&L, later acquired by Publicis. He lived and worked in London, Amsterdam, Sao Paulo and New York, for clients including Procter & Gamble, M&M Mars, Philips Electronics and Whirlpool.
Julian is a graduate of Cambridge University. He is a Director and Fellow of the Marketing Society in UK, for whom he is currently leading an international expansion program.
Kristen ProchnowSenior Advisor View Bio
Kristen ProchnowSenior Advisor
Kristen Prochnow has 20 years of experience in the communications and media industry. He is an expert in the development of communication strategies and the management of national and international communication programs for global brands and international market leaders. He understands intimately the opportunities and challenges global, cross-border organizations are facing today.
Together with his wife Isabelle Prochnow (née Stitz) he leads the consulting firm PUBLIC RELATIONS PARTNERS GmbH in the second generation. The PR agency specialized on international clients was founded in 1989 by owner Hannemie Stitz-Krämer and is based in Kronberg, near Frankfurt am Main. Montieth & Co. and PRP have a long-standing partnership and successful cooperation.
As a Senior Advisor, he provides guidance on the strategic direction of Montieth & Company in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Apart from that he also advises the company on selected customer projects and the development of new media.
Paul FrazerSenior Advisor View Bio
Paul FrazerSenior Advisor
Ambassador Paul Frazer brings to his clients 20 years well-grounded in Washington, DC and several years working abroad. He draws upon extensive experience in both the public and private sectors to counsel clients on the best strategic approach to securingtheir interests. No one in Washington can claim his international and domestic U.S. and Canadian policy bona fides.
Paul advises a broad and varied range of private and public sector North American clients on a wide selection of issue areas including among others energy & the environment, trade, natural resources/mining, health care, and financial services as they are affected by legislative and/or regulatory action in Washington, DC.
Prior to 2001, Paul served with the Canadian Foreign Service, taking assignments in Ottawa, New York, Warsaw, and in Prague as Ambassador to the Czech Republic and Slovakia. From 1994 to 2000 he was a Minister at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.
During his time in Ottawa, he was Communications Director to the Prime Minister and Spokesperson to the Foreign Minister. He also previously served as Assistant, International Economic Affairs to the Minister of Finance and as Executive Director of Canada’s economic and political assistance program for Central Europe and the former Soviet Union.
A graduate of McGill and Carleton Universities, Paul is a Past Fellow of Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. From 2010 until 2014, Paul served as U.S. Co-Chair of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Canada Institute advisory board, now serving as Immediate Past Chair. He is Chair, International Committee for McGill University’s Global Health Program and advisor to the Dean of Medicine.
With prior service on the Board of the Canadian-American Business Council, Paul serves as Special Advisor on Canada-U.S. Relations to the President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Alberta Venture named Paul to its “2011 List of Alberta’s Most Influential People.” In 2013, Paul was named to the inaugural “Power 50” listing of the most influential Canadian government and business leaders by Canadian Business.
Paul is a frequent speaker at international conferences, and is often a guest on national TV, radio, and in the print media providing views on bilateral political/economic, security, and trade questions.
Richard EnglandSenior Advisor View Bio
Richard EnglandSenior Advisor
Richard began his career in London where he worked for Biddick Associates, a boutique financial PR agency representing small to medium-sized enterprises among the media, analyst and stockbroking communities.
In 2002 he moved to Standard Life Investments, the global asset manager. Working within SLI’s press office headquartered in Edinburgh, Richard built up several years’ experience in media relations across equities, bonds, real estate, private equity and multi-asset investing.
Towards the end of his decade at Standard Life Investments, Richard was responsible for building up a network of PR agencies across Europe and the US, as well as raising the profile of SLI’s UK wholesale business.
Following a year of world travel, in 2013 Richard joined Core-Asset Consulting, a leading financial sector recruitment specialist based in Edinburgh. As Communications Director, he is responsible for all activities across the communications mix, including media relations, marketing, client relations, public affairs and internal communications.
Richard graduated from the University of Glasgow with a Double First in History and Politics. He has also conducted post-graduate research at the University of Oxford.
Robert SchulmanSenior Advisor View Bio
Robert SchulmanSenior Advisor
Product Division at E. F. Hutton in 1982, and was responsible for the development of various derivative products, as well as its growth index, financial futures and options trading. In 1986, he assumed responsibility for all retail products offered at E.F. Hutton.
After E.F. Hutton, Robert spent a distinguished tenure at Smith Barney Inc. and predecessor firms, including Shearson Lehman Brothers, Inc., holding the position of Senior Executive Vice President heading up Smith Barney’s $60 billion Consulting Services Division and the Retail New Product Development Group.
In 1994, Robert joined a major hedge fund company and held the positions of Chairman, CEO, President and COO. Robert and his wife, founded and operate a public charity, Of Home, Family & Future, Inc. that works with women of domestic violence and college-bound students from the foster care system.
Tristan Peniston-BirdSenior Advisor View Bio
Tristan Peniston-BirdSenior Advisor
Tristan is a seasoned communications leader with over two decades’ experience in corporate and public affairs, communications, marketing and crisis management, in both commercial and functional roles. His most recent appointments have been in industrial and financial infrastructure businesses, with his consultancy career spanning government, financial services, sovereign wealth, technology and a variety of other sectors. London-based, Tristan began his career in Asia, and has also lived and worked in Europe, the US, the Middle East, and Australia.
Tristan’s current work includes the UK’s governmental response to COVID-19, with a focus on recovery planning and development; and reputation management for a leading global cyber group that has created technology that identifies real-time COVID-19 spread, empowering government officials to make informed decisions, to quickly mitigate the pandemic.
In his most recent in-house role, Tristan was the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer for the global manufacturer Velcro Companies, based in London and Boston with reach across Hong Kong and greater China, EMEA, and the Americas. His responsibilities encompassed new market entry, corporate and crisis communications, employee engagement, media relations, public affairs and lobbying, and corporate responsibility. Before this, Tristan was Head of Communications, Marketing & Corporate Responsibility at the financial infrastructure Euroclear SA/NV, with responsibilities focused on the company’s reputation, brand and sustainability around the world. Among other things, Tristan led the global positioning of Euroclear’s partnerships with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, the Central Moneymarkets Unit, and with Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing.
With regard to global positioning of countries and financial centres, Tristan has previously advised Temasek Holdings, Business Bermuda, the Australian Ministry of Finance, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, the US’ Bond Market Association, the UAE Prime Minister’s Office, the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, the Bahrain Economic Development Board, and the Qatari Foreign Ministry. In Hong Kong, Tristan’s past clients include PCCW, North 22 TSG, Barclays Capital, Nikko Asset Management, and ING Groep.
Tristan holds a BA in Public Relations from RMIT, Melbourne, and a Master of Finance and Investment from FINSIA, Sydney. He is an alumnus of Oxford University’s Corporate Affairs Academy, and is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Australia, and the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, the European Association of Communications Directors, and the Royal Society for Asian Affairs.