Engagement Committee Chair

Claire A. Koeneman

EVP, Managing Director – Financial Communications / Ketchum

Claire leads Ketchum’s Financial Communications specialty. She has more than two decades of experience working with C-Suite executives and public companies on their corporate, financial and crisis communications. Her experience includes: narrative development, executive visibility, governance issues, capital markets & transaction-related engagements and crafting quarterly / annual communications to key stakeholders. She also serves as a senior advisor on critical business issues and initiatives, helping her clients transform their reputation both internally and externally.
Additionally, Claire is a Corporate Board Director and Chairs the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee for LXP Industrial Trust (NYSE: LXP), a publicly-traded REIT based in NYC. She has refreshed the board with a focus on diversity, led a successful anti-activist shareholder campaign and was named to Women Inc.’s ‘Most Influential Corporate Directors’ list for ESG best practices.
Prior to joining Ketchum, Claire held senior positions at several other global public relations agencies, as well as at Bully Pulpit Interactive, a boutique digital-first communications firm. Previously, Ms. Koeneman was President of Financial Relations Board (FRB), an investor relations firm. She is a thought leader and media spokeswoman who has won industry-wide awards from PRWeek and PRNews magazines for “IR Professional of the Year”
Claire graduated from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business with an MBA in Finance and from Smith College with a bachelor’s degree in Government & French. She lives in Chicago with her husband and two college-age sons and has a second home in Miami Beach. She is an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago, Women Corporate Directors and has served as an Honorary Consul General for The Principality of Monaco since 2009.


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