Kelly Huotari

For the past 20 years, Kelly Huotari has delivered business results for Fortune 500 companies through strategic and engaging communicationsHer global experience, spanning multiple industriesincludes leading employee communications for Cognizant Technology’s 300,000 employees; leading employee communications and marketing for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems; consulting with Toyota North America during its headquarters move and company reorganization; and leading the internal communications team at Nike. (She is the proud owner of a lifetime’s supply of Nike kicks). Kelly is a former television and print journalist and had the privilege of leading a statewide campaign that significantly increased legislative funding for Oregon Head Start. 

For the past 20 years, Kelly Huotari has delivered business results for Fortune 500 companies through strategic and engaging communicationsHer global experience, spanning multiple industriesincludes leading employee communications for Cognizant Technology’s 300,000 employees; leading employee communications and marketing for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems; consulting with Toyota North America during its headquarters move and company reorganization; and leading the internal communications team at Nike. (She is the proud owner of a lifetime’s supply of Nike kicks). Kelly is a former television and print journalist and had the privilege of leading a statewide campaign that significantly increased legislative funding for Oregon Head Start. 

Kelly is passionate about creating the world-class employee and client experiences that are critical for helping organizations differentiate themselves in today’s rapidly evolving marketplace. A purpose-driven communicator, she focuses on aligning employees around shared purpose, values and strategy to enhance the employee experience and achieve business objectives. 

She is an enthusiastic change leader, proven in leading global companies through leadership transition, company reorganization, M&As and digital transformation. As an experienced crisis communicator, she most recently led employee and client communications for a global Fortune 200 company through the twin crises of COVID-19 and ransomware.  

With economics and international business degrees from the University of Washington, Kelly understands the importance of creating detailed communications plans aligned to corporate goals, and she enjoys the challenge of creatively executing them to capture audiences’ hearts and minds. 

Education:

  • University of Washington (B.A. Economics and International Business)

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