Martin Hofmann, Oversea Strategies, Toronto, joins CPN

Zurich, July 08, 2020. The Crisis Protection Network (CPN), Zurich, an independent network of crisis management professionals from around the world, welcomes Martin Hofmann, Principal of Oversea Strategies, Toronto, Canada, as a new member. “Martin is a great addition to the Crisis Protection Network with his technology background and international experience. His current focus on change communication and management in a crisis environment fits well with the developments that members see in their markets,” said CPN President Rainer Westermann, Westermann Advisors, Munich.


Crisis Simulation IS Crisis Preparedness

May 4, 2020. Rainer Westermann, President of The Crisis Protection Network, talks to the CPN member from the Netherlands, Peter Smit, Peter Smit Communicatie & Reputatie, on international, multi-cultural complex crisis trainings and simulations. Peter shares particular challenges and what his learnings could mean for companies struggling with the corona crisis.


Benjamin Haslem of Wells Haslem Mayhew joins The Crisis Protection Network

February 10, 2020. The Crisis Protection Network (CPN), Zurich, welcomes Benjamin Haslem, Managing and Founding Partner of Wells Haslem Mayhew Strategic Public Affairs, Sydney, Australia, as a new member. “We’re very pleased that Benjamin Haslem has joined the Crisis Protection Network. He brings more than 25 years’ experience in media, corporate and crisis communications to our international group of experts,” said CPN President Rainer Westermann, Westermann Advisors GmbH, Munich.


James Haggerty elected to the board

November 21, 2019. James Haggerty, Founder and CEO of PRCG | Haggerty LLC, New York, has joined the board of The Crisis Protection Network (CPN), Zurich. The members of CPN, an independent network of crisis management professionals from around the world, elected Jim unanimously to the board at the annual meeting in Toronto, Canada.

James Haggerty, a recognized expert in Litigation PR and crisis communication, is also the author of “In the court of Public Opinion” of which the 3rd edition just became available and the book “Chief Crisis Officer”.


Kaiser Lachance Communications again listed in Canada’s Growth 500

September 18, 2019. The firm, that our member Anne Lachance co-founded, was for the second time in a row recognized by Canadian Business and Maclean’s on the definitive list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Growth 500 profiles Canada’s most successful entrepreneurial businesses as ranked by the five-year annual revenue growth. KaiserLachance Communications secured its place on the prestigious 2019 list for the second year in a row.

KLC has enjoyed another award-winning year in 2019. In addition to the Growth 500, the agency has been honored with numerous industry accolades, outdoing its previous years’ successes with a record 13 awards from the 2019 Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) Toronto’s Achieving Communications Excellence (ACE) Awards. The agency also won three awards from the 2019 International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Toronto OVATION Awards.

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Christian Koenig, KOENIG Communications, Atlanta, joins CPN

April 10, 2019. The Crisis Protection Network (CPN) welcomes Christian Koenig to its ranks. The founder of KOENIG Communications, an Atlanta-based consultancy, is the third member in the U.S. to join CPN. “Christian’s expertise, track record and his many years leading crisis communications for large corporations make him a great addition to our international group of experts,” said Rainer Westermann, CPN President.


Two new members join CPN

May 2, 2018. The Crisis Protection Network, Zurich, is pleased to welcome Peter Smit, PCS&R, Netherlands, and Thom Weidlich, PRCG Haggerty, USA, as new members.

Peter Smit is a seasoned crisis communications expert, who has worked for some of the largest multinational, publicly traded corporations in the Netherlands and abroad. He has more than 25 years of experience in Reputation Management. A particular specialty of his is crisis preparedness, workshops and crisis simulations.

Based in New York, Thom Weidlich, PRCG Haggerty, USA, has also joined CPN. Thom is a former journalist who worked for Bloomberg News and The National Law Journal, and wrote for the New York Times and other media outlets. He specializes in litigation communications, crisis management and media-relations strategy. Thom is also the chief content officer for Crisis Response Pro, a software that provides tools, templates and resources for rapid collaboration and response for communications teams.

“Peter Smit and Thom Weidlich are great additions to CPN. They represent the kind of seniority and expertise, that we are looking for in our members and that our clients can expect.” comments Rainer Westermann, President of the Crisis Protection Network.

Jonathan Jordan on crisis gone wrong

April 14, 2018. CPN Board member Jonathan Jordan, Sermelo Ltd., London, talks about Facebook and other botched crisis in Fast Company. He emphasised “When a crisis of this magnitude breaks, CEO visibility is absolutely vital,” In addition to Facebook, he takes a look at four other companies that messed up in their initial response.


Rainer Westermann Elected CPN President

January 18, 2018. Rainer Westermann, Westermann Advisors in Munich, was elected president at the AGM in Paris. Co-founder and former president Marion Starck, Starck PR, remains a member of the board together with Nik Stucky, Adwired AG and Jonathan Jordan, Sermelo Ltd. CPN also welcomed in Paris as the newest member Anne Lachance, KaiserLachance, Toronto, one of Canada’s leading corporate and financial communications practitioners.


James Haggerty, PRCG, New York, joins CPN

January 13, 2016. The author of the book “In the court of public Opinion” and renowned Crisis communications expert James Haggerty, PRCG, New York, has joined CPN. Haggerty has also developed the software CrisisResponsePro as a tool for communicators. It is designed for organizations of all sizes, with the goal of digitally bringing the crisis communications team together and providing tools, templates and resources for response and collaboration. CPN is delighted to welcome James Haggerty as a new member.