Gary Holmes is an experienced communications professional with an extensive background in strategic and crisis communications, media relations, corporate writing and public policy. He has been an outside consultant to major corporate clients, the chief in-house press officer for companies in challenging situations, and the head of communications for a key government agency. He has been on the firing line with the media, developed strategies to help companies build their brands, and overseen the development of a wide range of corporate communications materials.

Mr. Holmes has worked in-house for companies facing a variety of challenges. Most recently he was the chief press officer for The Nielsen Company as well as head of communications for the company’s television ratings business. In that role, he strengthened Nielsen’s reputation with beat and other media reporters, increased positive press coverage, and defused potential negative issues; expanded the company’s thought leadership; coordinated press activities worldwide across various business units; and managed overall corporate press relations for The Nielsen Company.

Prior to joining Nielsen, he was a principal at of Robinson, Lerer Montgomery (RLM), a leading strategic communication firm that specializes in crises, financial communications, transactions, and corporate repositioning. Some of his most challenging assignments included: serving as the primary spokesperson for a Fortune 100 company following the disclosure of financial irregularities by the company’s top management; working on the one of the largest and most controversial mergers in the media industry; and providing day-to-day support for several major media companies.

Mr. Holmes came to RLM in 1988 from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where he was the Director of Communications. In this capacity he was the government’s spokesperson during a number of sensitive bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations, including the U.S.– Canada Free Trade Agreements, the Uruguay Round, the U.S. – Japan Semiconductor Agreement, and the 1988 Trade Bill.

During his seven years in Washington D.C., Mr. Holmes also worked on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Press Secretary, and in the White House and several federal agencies. Before moving to Washington, Mr. Holmes was a reporter for a weekly newspaper in Nantucket, Massachusetts and the general manager of the island’s local cable television station.

Mr. Holmes graduated with honors from Middlebury College, with a B.A. in American Studies.