Jon F. Harmon
Serving corporate leaders with strategic counsel while mentoring their communications teams to drive the success of the enterprise in challenging or rapid-growth environments. Building brand, protecting reputation through proactive media relations and consistent internal engagement. Exceptional crisis management skills. Financial, legal and technology issue expertise.

Jon F. Harmon is the founder and Principal of Jon F. Harmon Strategic Communications at advising corporate and non-profit clients on the development and execution of communications strategy critical to the success of the organization. Leveraging skills, experience and judgment gained from senior roles at three global corporations with well-established brands, he has consulted for leaders in a variety of industries, including automotive, clean tech, financial services, professional services, health care and not-for-profit for reputation management and brand building:

• Crisis preparation, including vulnerability audits, media training and crisis communication plan development, provided discreetly.
• Communications strategy developed and executed for purpose-driven companies in transition: start-ups as well as established companies where rapid growth has out-paced communications capabilities.

Mr. Harmon has headed global communications as Vice President at executive recruiting and leadership advisory firm Heidrick & Struggles and at commercial truck and engine manufacturer Navistar. Previously, he served in a series of increasingly responsible roles at Ford Motor Company over more than 20 years.

• Led transformation communications at Heidrick & Struggles—including reimagined internal engagement, rollout of CEO’s “Heidrick Rising” strategy to employees in 51 offices in 30 countries, proactive media relations and thought leadership to support rebranding and protect external reputation.

• As VP-Communications at Navistar, led effort to regain trust inside and outside company following a financial-reporting crisis that had led to its delisting from NYSE. Regained confidence of employees and stakeholders with proactive, forward-looking messages stressing growth and diversification.

• Senior roles at Ford Motor Company included leading large teams responsible for complex corporate issues and product communications to protect reputation and enhance brand resonance. Led crisis media relations and internal communications clearances during the protracted Ford-Firestone crisis.

• Author of acclaimed crisis management book:

Feeding Frenzy–Inside the Ford-Firestone Tire Crisis. (“Must reading for CEOs and PR professionals…” – Harold Burson, founding chairman, Burson-Marsteller)

Mr. Harmon earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master of Arts Liberal Studies: Creative Writing from the University of Detroit. He also completed the Ford Strategic Marketing Institute executive education program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.