Principal and founder
Sean Healy is a specialist in financial media relations and publicity strategy. He founded Healy Corporate Communications in May 2008 to advance the content, branding and PR strategies for a roster of corporate clients, including The Coca-Cola Company and Cardinal Health.
As his firm took root, Sean also was a senior consultant to Fleishman-Hillard, part of the Omnicom Group, where he supported the publicity efforts of ADP, AkzoNobel, Columbia Business School, and other corporate clients. Sean had initially joined Fleishman-Hillard’s New York office in 2004 as an SVP and partner.
Before joining the PR agency ranks, Sean spent 20 years as an in-house corporate communications practitioner. From 2000 to 2004, he was the corporate public relations director at EDS, since acquired by HP. There, Sean managed media strategy on corporate financial performance and M&A activity. His work included handling media relations for EDS’ CEO transition in 2003, which brought former CBS Chairman Mike Jordan to the company.
Before joining EDS, Sean was vice president of media relations at Visa USA, where he crafted PR strategies to increase the use of Visa payment products and served as print and broadcast spokesperson on many topics, including online security, holiday shopping expectations and debt levels. Sean’s career has also included PR roles at MasterCard; AlliedSignal, working for CEO Larry Bossidy; and NYNEX.
Sean has a B.S. degree in public relations from Boston University’s College of Communication and an M.B.A. in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business. From 1981 to 1985, while attending BU, he worked for the Boston Red Sox, where he calculated the attendance for all home games at Fenway Park.
James J. Finn
James J. Finn is a senior communications professional who has previously led the global corporate communications functions at Chase Manhattan, Oracle, Avaya and Computer Sciences Corp, where he was responsible for teams ranging from 30-120 people and has had budgetary authority up to $40 million. He also has held executive-level, corporate communications roles at IBM and General Motors.
As a senior strategist, Mr. Finn has been responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of global external and internal public relations programs, including accountability for: media relations; executive communications; thought leadership programs; internal communications; social or “new” media; financial communications; financial and industry analyst relations; crisis communications; marketing communications; and public affairs.
Mr. Finn has worked with some of the business world’s leading CEO’s and their management teams – from Jack Smith at GM to Bill Harrison at Chase to Larry Ellison at Oracle — to present relevant and differentiated global brands.
- At IBM, Mr. Finn was responsible for all external and internal communications for Lucio Stanca, CEO for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), based in Paris, France. After some turmoil in the executive ranks in Europe, he was sent by the corporate leadership in the U.S. headquarters to help the newly installed EMEA CEO better align the region’s messaging with the vision articulated by IBM’s new CEO, Lou Gerstner. Notably, Mr. Finn authored an op-ed for the EMEA CEO that appeared in The International Herald Tribune – reaching 150 countries – on the eve of the European Union’s Summit on the Information Society.
- At GM, Mr. Finn was based in the Treasurer’s Office in New York, where he was responsible for financial communications. In this role, he worked closely with GM CEO Jack Smith on external and internal communications around some of the largest announcements in the company’s history, including: the spin-off of Hughes Defense to Raytheon for $10 billion; the spin-off of automotive parts supplier, Delphi, into a Fortune 25 company; and an agreement in Shanghai, China, that would make GM the first foreign automotive manufacturer to gain access to the Chinese market.
- At Chase, on his third day at the firm, Mr. Finn led all external and internal communications activities related to CEO succession — from Walter Shipley to Bill Harrison. He helped Bill Harrison position the firm for the eventual merger with an investment bank – J.P. Morgan – and assisted him in positioning the company as a financial services leader that would gain competitive advantage through its use of information technology. Mr. Finn led all communications around the successful acquisitions of Hambrecht & Quist, Flemings, Beacon Group and, ultimately, the merger with J.P. Morgan.
- At Oracle, Mr. Finn worked with one of the technology world’s most flamboyant and controversial figures, Larry Ellison, to repair what Larry called “the worst PR in the history of the company.” In the book, Softwar, by Matthew Bishop of The Economist, Larry credited Mr. Finn with turning around the negative coverage of the company. He also helped Larry Ellison and his management team in presenting a “deep bench” of management talent to media and investors concerned about a lack of succession planning at the company. Mr. Finn aggressively used editorial boards at major business publications around the world and Q&A editorial opportunities to present unfiltered Larry Ellison’s views about consolidation in the technology industry. In fact, the day after an editorial board meeting in New York at The Wall Street Journal, the paper’s Marketplace Section ran a front page story on Larry’s views about consolidation in the software industry (just two months before Oracle launched a hostile bid for PeopleSoft). This had the positive effect of WSJ seeing the 18-month takeover fight largely through Oracle’s worldview. Mr. Finn led all marketing and communications initiatives related to the successful and unsolicited offer for PeopleSoft, the largest hostile takeover in the history of the technology industry.
- At Avaya, Mr. Finn was responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of global external public relations programs, including executive communications and thought leadership. Mr. Finn led all the communications initiatives around the $8.2 billion acquisition of the company in 2007 by private equity firms, SilverLake and TPG, which resulted in Avaya becoming a private company. He was also responsible for the company’s strategic sponsorship with the World Economic Forum, and worked with the company’s CEO and management team to leverage high-level opportunities to talk not only about the company and its industry but also about issues and trends facing businesses around the world. In addition, Mr. Finn was a sponsor of Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference, which was intended to help the Northeast-based company facilitate a dialogue with the top 200-300 thought leaders in Silicon Valley.
Leah Foley joined the Healy Corporate Communications team in February 2017 as a public relations intern.
Leah is also an employee and executive communications intern at Sikorsky Aircraft, a Lockheed Martin Company since June of 2016. She works on internal communication campaigns regarding Sikorsky’s integration into Lockheed Martin. Additionally, Leah is also working with a Massachusetts based non-profit, Understanding Disabilities, to increase awareness of the program and attract future volunteers and donors.
In the spring of 2016, Leah interned in Dublin, Ireland at PressUp Entertainment as a digital media and marketing intern. There, she assisted in a variety of public relations campaigns for various restaurants, hotels, bars, and nightclubs in and around Dublin.
Leah is currently enrolled in the College of Communication at Boston University. She will graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a minor in Business Administration.