Chris Malecek brings Lincoln Churchill Advisors more than 35 years of experience spanning a broad range of communications disciplines for diverse corporate and institutional clients. He spent most of his career with the Minneapolis office of international public relations firm Weber Shandwick, most recently serving as the executive vice president overseeing the office’s corporate communications team.
At Weber Shandwick, Malecek’s clients included major agribusiness, financial services, healthcare, air transport, real estate development and technology companies in the region. His work for these companies encompassed issues management and social responsibility campaigns, internal communications, strategic repositioning programs, thought leadership campaigns and financial community and stakeholder communications initiatives triggered by mergers, acquisitions, divestments, major restructurings and changes in executive leadership. Malecek served as the Minneapolis office’s team lead for companies including Cargill, Syngenta Seeds North America, Children’s Minnesota and Opus Group.
As an independent consultant, Malecek provided communications support to the sellers of a $3 billion family-owned business to a special purpose acquisition corporation and supported the in-house team at a global leader in water, hygiene and energy services with communications required by its divestment of a portion of its energy portfolio. He also developed the business case to support a new approach to destination development for a global travel company, created enterprise messaging for a behavioral healthcare startup and continues to provide speechwriting and ghostwriting services for executive-level leaders at businesses and institutions in the region.
Malecek was a long-time member of the National Investor Relations Institute and is a past president and board member of its Twin Cities chapter. He also served on the board of advisors for Aveus, a change management consultancy, and on the boards of directors at ThreeSixty Journalism, Open Book Minnesota and Milkweed Editions, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit literary publishers, where he recently concluded his term as board chair.
Malecek holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Macalester College.