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Phil Armstrong

Senior Strategist

Public affairs, grass roots strategy, association work, reputation management, transportation, branding, Korea, automotive
Phil Armstrong has spent a 30+ year career working in corporate communications, public affairs, and brand building. He is a respected counselor and strategist on corporate reputation, issue management, political advocacy, and marketing, with deep, hands-on expertise devising and leading programs and campaigns for companies, NGOs, and trade associations.

Currently working in the LEVICK New York office, Mr. Armstrong spent more than two decades of his career in Washington, D.C. leading public affairs campaigns and advocacy programs on legislative, regulatory, and international trade matters. He has been a registered lobbyist, political consultant, and government official.

Mr. Armstrong has advised clients across a range of industries including automotive, pharmaceuticals, financial services, technology, consumer packaged goods, telecommunications, energy, health care delivery, and manufacturing. He has extensive experience utilizing market research to develop positioning strategies, segment audiences, test messaging, and inform integrated marketing and corporate communications programs.

Mr. Armstrong has handled multiple crises and issues challenges for clients, working with law firms on civil and criminal litigation matters, government investigations, bankruptcies, and restructuring. He has represented corporations and individuals facing crisis situations including environmental incidents, labor-management disputes, on-site facility accidents, product recalls, law enforcement actions, and civil disobedience. He has established crisis communications contingency protocols and models for companies and NGOs.

Mr. Armstrong’s clients have included Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer, Whirlpool, Becton Dickinson, UPS, Mercedes-Benz, Unilever, Penguin Random House, and T-Mobile; many trade associations, including the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; multiple national law firms, and several federal government agencies.

Previously Mr. Armstrong was a partner and senior executive at several global communications and advertising agencies. He started his career in politics and served as a political appointee in the executive branch of the federal government as a speechwriter and press secretary in the Department of Defense, and as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs for the Department of Education.

Mr. Armstrong has won several awards including the Silver Anvil from the Public Relations Society of America and the North American SABRE Award.