David Dickson has more than three decades experience in developing, managing and implementing strategic and diversified communciations programs in the energy, consumer goods and telecommunications industries.
Mr. Dickson has a successful track record of developing and implementing programs that protect a corporation’s reputation, brand and financial well-being in the face of difficult issues and crisis-threatening events. He delivers on-target, effective communications programs by understanding and fostering day-to-day working relationships with the company’s legal, investor relations, financial reporting, security, brand and business units, consumer services and government affairs functions.
Some of his most significant achievements include: creating and executing a world-wide public affairs event in Kuwait celebrating the re-opening of the oil fields following the first Gulf War; developing public affairs strategies to offset a large off-shore oil spill in Nigeria; and serving as lead communications counsel to blunt a four-year corporate pressure campaign by an international NGO. As Director of Corporate Communications for Kimberly-Clark Corporation, he developed and implemented the company’s first proactive news media relations program.
In addition to his management role at Kimberly-Clark, Mr. Dickson served as on-site crisis team manager for Bridgestone/Firestone Corporation, Manager of Global Communications for ExxonMobil and Mobil Corporation, Director of News Media Relations for Texaco Inc., and Director of Media Relations for MCI Communications’ Western Division.
Throughout his career he has served as lead spokesperson for financial and transactional communications, corporate restructuring plans, sustainability and on numerous crisis events. He has a solid record providing communications counsel to senior management in corporations domestically and internationally, as well as working closely with elected officials.
Dickson is highly regarded by senior print and broadcast news media professionals with whom he has worked, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Bloomberg Financial, Reuters, Fortune, MSNBC and CNBC. In addition, he has either participated in, or provided counsel and support to senior management in dealing with 60 Minutes, 20/20 and Dateline.
Dickson, a speech communications graduate of Oregon State University, also completed a Fellowship in The George Washington University’s Government and Policy Leadership program. He now serves in a senior consultant role for The Harrell Group.
Dickson and his wife, Debi, reside in Southlake, Texas. The couple has two children, Andrew and Kathrina.