21
Jun

Ken Boughrum: Former Global Communications Guru at Novelis, Atlanta Native and Family Man

  1. How did you connect with SP Consulting?
    • After Karen Kaplan departed FH, I was keen to remain connected with Karen (I am also a fan of alliterations). I had left my role at Novelis and re-launched TUNE Communications. Karen and I made the requisite pledge to keep each other in mind as we independently secured client assignments and might need a partner. In early 2016, we had a conversation that went something like this…“Is your new year off to a good start?” “Yes it is, I signed on with SP Consulting. Maybe you should meet Paul Johnson next time he is in Atlanta.” “Sounds good, let’s set it up.”
  2. What drew you to SP versus joining other firms or agencies?
    • It was very clear to me that I wanted to dodge the requirements of traditional agency life. However, I did miss the excitement of solving large, complex client problems and knew I needed scale to secure such assignments. SP offers both the entree to sophisticated work and the flexibility I desire.
  3. What skill set or area of expertise are you most looking forward to utilizing and sharing with the SP team and clients?
    • Helping clients manage change by deploying the interrelated disciplines of strategic communications, leadership effectiveness and organizational development.
  4. What prior role or professional achievement are you most proud of and want to make sure the SP community knows about?
    • I designed and implemented a safety program for Novelis, a global company with heavy manufacturing in 34 locations on four continents. This work is dangerous; on average an employee dies on the job every eighteen months. We are all fond of saying that communication is a critical business tool, but in this case, communication drove behavioral change that literally saves lives.
  5. What was the most recent position you held prior to joining SP?
    • I was the Director, Strategic Global Communications, for Novelis, a multi-billion dollar global manufacturer of flat rolled aluminum products.

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      Ken with his family outside of Atlanta, GA

  6. Have you been working in the same career field the majority of your career or have you experienced a variety of professional fields?
    • Variety has been the hallmark of my career since I earned my masters in management and organizational development. I began as a consultant in the area of Leadership Education. I continued as a consultant, but branched out to do work in all areas of HR. Next up, was a deep dive into communication and change management for the clients of a global PR agency. Recently, it all came together in a corporate position where I applied the experience as a consultant to become an effective internal change agent.
  7. What was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
    • For three years I lived in Kuwait and served as a family adviser to a millionaire Kuwaiti businessman and his family as they navigated the cultural hurdles moving between Bedouin roots and western norms. The need was never more urgent than when we traveled on the Gulfstream to their various homes in New York, London and St. Moritz.
  8. What are three words you would use to describe your personality?
    • Confident; empathetic; curious.
  9. If you could go back 20 years and give yourself advice, what would you tell yourself and why?
    • Focus more attention on the present, tomorrow will get here by itself. Overly investing energy to shape the future robs you of the joy of being in the moment.
  10. What do typical weekends look like for you?
    • Friday night involves a cocktail (perhaps a Bordeaux) on the deck watching it get dark. Saturday is packed with sports (tennis, golf, hiking), some time tending the garden (I’m married to a landscape designer); the evenings are a pleasant mix of a social and cultural activity with friends (museum, theatre, movie, concert, restaurant). Sunday mornings are usually spent at church, then a lot of time with Sunday newspapers in the afternoon, and hopefully a meal with my family to wrap it all up.