2013 Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Public Relations Awards Final Judging Committee
Chair of Corporate Communications, Investor Relations and Public Relations Awards Category Judging
Michelle Gilbert, Public Relations Manager, Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky Region, Verizon Wireless, Southfield, Michigan
With more than 22 years of experience in public relations, Michelle Gilbert is responsible for all internal and external communications, community relations, and crisis management in Verizon Wireless’s Michigan/Indiana/Kentucky region. She developed an award-winning strategic communications program that was adopted and implemented across 15 states and resulted in increased sales for the company.
Michelle manages a team of 10 professionals across four separate PR agencies and within Verizon. She also serves as company spokesperson for hundreds of media outlets and bloggers in her states.
Michelle manages an annual budget of more than $550,000 and supervises special events in the region that include major sports sponsorships with the NFL and NBA, more intimate social media gatherings, and media training for her region’s employees.