Senior Vice President and Chair, Crisis & Litigation Practice at Levick Strategic Communications
GENE GRABOWSKI is a Senior Vice President of Levick Strategic Communications and is one of the world's top authorities on communications strategies for food and consumer-product recalls and litigation matters. He is a seasoned communications professional and former journalist with a reputation for creating and implementing high-level strategic communications plans, conducting effective media training and working with the national news media. He supervises high-profile accounts for major law firms, Fortune 500 companies, trade associations and government agencies. Mr. Grabowski earned PR Week's 2007 Crisis Manager of the Year award for his work on the nationwide spinach recall, the national pet-food recalls and the Chinese toy import issue. Before joining Levick, Mr. Grabowski served as the Vice President of Communications and Marketing for The Grocery Manufacturers of America - the world's largest food trade group representing brand-name food, beverage, and consumer-product companies. In addition to developing and implementing GMA's media outreach programs, he was the organization's chief communications strategist and spokesperson. A former White House news reporter, Mr. Grabowski is an authority on a variety of issues, including crisis communications, food and consumer-product recalls, media relations, and media training. Prior to his service with GMA, Mr. Grabowski served as a Director in the Washington office of Burson-Marsteller, where he developed and managed national advocacy and media relations campaigns for agencies of the federal government and leading U.S. corporations. He has taught media relations and strategic media planning to corporate executives, scientists and U.S. and foreign government officials in many countries, including Russia, Kazakhstan, Tanzania, and Uganda. As part of his responsibilities at Burson-Marsteller, Mr. Grabowski trained other professionals in how to conduct media training programs. For more than 12 years, Mr. Grabowski worked as a journalist, primarily in Washington, D.C. He reported on congressional issues for The Associated Press, specializing in labor and manufacturing issues, and served as White House reporter for The Washington Times, where he covered the U.S.-Soviet arms treaty summits, national election campaigns and the federal budget. Mr. Grabowski has also served as Director of Media Relations for the American Council of Life Insurers and as Manager of Press Information at C-SPAN. A native of Pittsburgh, Mr. Grabowski worked early in his career as a reporter with the Pittsburgh Press. Mr. Grabowski earned a BA in Writing and History at the University of Pittsburgh, and has done graduate work in management at the University of Michigan. An avid chess player, he is a rated player with the U.S. Chess Federation.