Russ Williams

Cohn & Wolfe

Tel: 404.260.3524

Executive Vice President, Crisis and Issues Management
From startups to global corporations, Russ has built a career in public relations that has touched a bit of everything.  The common thread running through every effort is the application and continued development of his business acumen. 
As part of Cohn & Wolfe’s Corporate Practice, Russ provides counsel to clients on crisis matters and develops programs to navigate complex issues.  He provides crisis communications planning, strategic counsel, on-site support, executive media coaching and reputation management.  Based in Atlanta, Russ services clients in the risk management, pulp and paper, and hospitality industries.  He supports national and international client needs across the entire Cohn & Wolfe network.
Beyond his agency role, Russ understands the client side of business.  He held multiple roles within Delta Air Lines, ultimately serving as the company’s national media spokesman.  In that time, he worked through contentious labor negations, creation of a global alliance and continual scrutiny from the federal government.  Russ also served as director of media relations for AGL Resources, helping the company navigate issues surrounding the deregulation of the natural gas industry in Georgia and challenges involving an energy trading subsidiary. 
In past agency roles, Russ provided strategic counsel, executive training, media relations, internal communications, litigation support, and community relations in the public and private sectors.  His crisis experience includes a wide variety of efforts, from natural disaster recovery to protecting personal and corporate reputations from lawsuits.  Russ also gained extensive experience within the government sector, directly supported government agencies in managing political challenges and developing programs to target and involve the public.  His client-side government experience ranges from securing legislation targeting land use rights to government approval for implementation of healthcare service offerings.   
Russ began his public relations career in 1994.  He holds a degree in communication from the University of Maryland and is a member of the Public Relations Society of America.