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.