Sean M Fitzgerald

Sean is Managing Director of Global Crisis Communications for Witt O’Brien’s and leads Navigate Response client service in North America. While his current emphasis is on supporting the communications needs of maritime and energy sector clients, he has provided strategic and crisis communications support to Fortune 100 firms around the world for more than 20 years. 

Most recently, Sean has managed communications responses to a client whose super tanker collided with a small fishing vessel in the Houston Ship Channel, a natural gas well failure in the Gulf of Mexico, a container ship fire off the coast of California and numerous other incidents, accidents and force majeure situations occurring in North American waters, as well as corporate crises in the maritime and energy industries. 

His crisis experience has covered a wide range of industry sectors including automotive, transportation, consumer products, food and commodities, retail, manufacturing and financial services.

Sean’s engagement with these diverse industries enables him to bring the most effective and current consultation and strategies to clients experiencing crises that offer the potential of significantly damaging a company’s reputation or disrupting its operations if external and/ or internal communications are mishandled.

Having served as a corporate spokesperson for several of the world’s most recognised brands, he is acutely aware of the pressures and challenges responsible companies and their designated representatives face in today’s traditional and social media environment. That experience is the basis for the advice and training offered to his clients as he prepares them for media interactions, works to craft the best possible crisis communications strategies, and partners with clients to protect and repair their reputations before, during and after serious incidents.

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