Senior counsel and C-suite veteran, providing counsel and communication strategy for offense and defense across an array of industries.
Chris Talley is a Pierpont senior counselor with more than three decades of communication experience, culminating in his role as a FORTUNE 100 chief communications officer. Through the years he has led teams at or in support of iconic brands including USAA, AT&T, Chevron, ConocoPhillps and Lockheed Martin.
Prior to Pierpont, Chris was chief communications officer and SVP of Corporate Communications for USAA, one of America’s leading financial services companies.
At USAA, Chris was responsible for all communications, leading strategy, reputation management, crisis planning and outreach and engagement with employees, the board of directors, regulators and all other external stakeholders.
Chris joined USAA in 2008 from FleishmanHillard (FH). During 13 years at FH, he planned, managed and executed numerous programs, including M&A activity, for a range of FORTUNE 500 clients. As senior partner and senior vice president, Chris served as general manager of three separate FH offices, Austin, Houston and San Antonio. He joined FH from Churchill Group and before spent five years in public affairs at Lockheed Martin in Denver.
Chris earned a journalism degree from Baylor University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a frequent guest speaker at colleges across the country and proudly mentors dozens of aspiring PR practitioners. He is a trustee for the Institute for Public Relations and a member of Page, the world’s leading association for senior communicators. He serves on the boards of the Hemisfair Conservancy, San Antonio Medical Foundation, Alamo Area Council (Boy Scouts) and Endeavors, along with the Baylor Journalism, PR & New Media advisory board.