Aaron Kwittken

Aaron Kwittken

Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Kwittken
New York, United States

About me

Aaron Kwittken is global chairman and chief executive officer of KWITTKEN, an MDC Partners agency.

Under Aaron’s leadership, KWITTKEN has been one of the fastest growing, award winning PR and content marketing agencies in the United States. In 2014 KWITTKEN was named Small Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report and a Best Place to Work by PR Week magazine in 2013.

Aaron makes regular guest appearances on CNBC, FOX Business Network and Bloomberg TV to provide his point of view on matters involving reputation/brand management and he also blogs for Forbes.com.

In his current role he oversees KWITTKEN offices in New York, London and Toronto as well as the agency's partners in France, Australia, Hong Kong, Spain and mainland China. He works regularly with clients such as American Express, Target, International Paper, Amadeus, P&G, Sharp Electronics, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, Virtus and Matrixx Inititaives.

His remarkable dedication to his career has not, however, held Aaron back from his life outside the office. A competitive swimmer, avid runner and cyclist, Aaron started competing in triathlons in late 2008. In 2012 Aaron took his passion for the multi-sport life to an entirely new level by competing in the US IRONMAN Championship competition in New York and raised $30,000 for Center Lane, a program that serves LGBTQ adolescents, He completed his second full Ironman distance triathlon in 2014 in Lake Placid, New York. He also regularly helps to raise funds for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) through his athletic endeavors.

Aaron serves on the board of the PR Council and earned a bachelor’s degree from The George Washington University in 1992 with a major in speech communication and minor in psychology. He lives with his family in Armonk, New York.

Specialties: As a CEO who genuinely loves the craft of PR and enjoys client interaction, Aaron makes a point to work very closely with a majority of KCO’s clients, providing strategic counsel and day-to-day management oversight. His core areas of expertise include brand management, crisis communications, issues management, trade and national media relations, corporate social responsibility, social media and integrated marketing communications.


Global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
November 2005 - Present (14 years 9 months)
Kwittken is one of the fastest growing modern communications agencies in the world. We provide our clients with fresh thinking that creates value through thoughtful and creative communications, and brand engagement. Our 1/1 agency model synthesizes design thinking with the most impactful elements of public relations, creative advertising, influencer engagement, and social/content marketing expertise.

We maintain a results-oriented, drama-free culture of highly energetic people with diverse backgrounds who are passionate about their work. Purposefully working within a wide variety of industries, our clients include American Express, P&G, Sharp Electronics, Target, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, International Paper, Vanguard, Virtus, and Amadeus.

In 2013, Kwittken was the second fastest growing PR agency in the United States and the seventh fastest growing in the world (according to the World PR Report’s 2013 Global Agency Rankings). The agency was also named Small Agency of the year for the Americas by The Holmes Report, and a Best Place to Work by PRWeek.

Kwittken is an MDC Partners company. For more information, please visit www.kwittken.com.
Adjunct Professor at SCPS
New York University
2012 - 2015 (3 years)
I teach a class in PR consulting for graduate students
2002 - 2012 (10 years)
reputation management; marketing communications; issues management; executive coaching
Havas PR US (formerly EURO RSCG Magnet/Middleberg)
2001 - 2005 (4 years)
Managing Director, New York Office
Cohn & Wolfe (Formerly GCI Group/GREY)
1998 - 2000 (2 years)
Ran NY flagship office
Senior Vice President
1996 - 1998 (2 years)
IBM; issues management; b2b tech; litigation communications
Account Supervisor
1994 - 1996 (2 years)
telecom, insurance, crisis and issues management, tech
Account Coordinator - Senior Account Executive
Manning Selvage and Lee
1991 - 1994 (3 years)


BA, Communications, Pyschology

1988 - 1992 (4 years)

1988 - 1992 (4 years)

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