Kristin Kelley is a seasoned communication executive with experience working across many complex issues facing companies today including: shareholder activism, hostile takeovers, CEO resignations, corporate bankruptcy, healthcare reform and unionization.
Equally at home in the C-suite or on the shop floor, Ms. Kelley joined O-I, the world’s largest producer of glass containers for the food and beverage industry, in 2015. As the company’s chief communications officer, she provides day-to-day support and strategic counsel to the company’s senior leadership team on all internal and external communication matters, including reputational risk, corporate branding and cultural transformation.
Prior to O-I, Kristin spent nearly six years at Darden, the world’s largest full-service restaurant company, as the head of employee communication. While there she was involved in many large-scale change initiatives, including the development and spin-off of a REIT, the sale of the company’s flagship brand, Red Lobster, and the takeover of the company’s entire Board of Directors by activist investors.
Previously, Ms. Kelley spent 15 years at Owens Corning as director of corporate communications. In this capacity, she successfully guided Owens Corning through two CEO transitions and a six-year asbestos-related bankruptcy. As part of her transformation to more value-added, performance-based communication, Kristin also led several successful turn-arounds at key unionized manufacturing plants. In addition, Kristin held positions in sales and human resources.
Ms. Kelley holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Baldwin Wallace University. She has two sons and currently resides in Perrysburg, Ohio.