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Thom Fladung Named 2017 Communicator of the Year

Thom is a vice-president for Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisis management and crisis communications. He advises some of Greater Cleveland’s largest companies, agencies and other organizations about how to protect their reputation, often during bet-the-farm, existential crisis situations.

Thom has served as editor or managing editor at some of the nation’s largest newspapers such as the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Detroit Free Press, as well as the Akron Beacon Journal and St. Paul Pioneer Press.

He is currently chairman of the board of the Press Club of Cleveland and is teaching an undergraduate journalism class at Case Western Reserve University.

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More About Thom Fladung

Thom’s experience includes managing hundreds of reporters in some of the great newsrooms of the U.S. and mentoring young journalism students to the advice he now gives to corporations, government agencies and nonprofits.

Fladung played a lead role in evolving newsrooms into the digital age. He is intimately familiar with the relentless content requirements of the 24/7 news cycle, and understands the necessity and nuances of communicating on social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter. He recognizes the crucial role social media plays as a first alert for many consumers of information and as a place where reputations can be bolstered – or blistered. In fact, his work at The Plain Dealer was instrumental in the newspaper’s migration to digital platforms, including web, social media and handheld digital devices.

He is expert at crafting effective, strategic messages on hard deadlines. He is also experienced at quickly evaluating, assembling and disseminating information – crisis management skills that are critically important for clients coping with reputation management issues and breaking crises.

A native of Canton, Ohio, Fladung is a graduate of the University of Dayton. He previously served on the board of the Ohio Newspaper Association among other organizations.

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