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Lockton chooses agency veteran to lead communications and external affairs

Julie Gibson named senior vice president, director of marketing, communications and external affairs

Julie GibsonKANSAS CITY, Mo., October 15, 2018 – Lockton Companies has named Julie Gibson senior vice president, director of marketing, communications and external affairs. In this new role, Gibson will focus on growing the Lockton brand globally and creating communications strategies to support Lockton’s planned growth. Gibson will report to Peter Clune, U.S. president and chief operating officer.

“In Julie, we found a dynamic executive who brings a strategic and consultative mindset to this new position. Her deep brand, communications and public affairs experience across a wide range of industries makes her a great fit for Lockton,” said Clune. “She brings fresh ideas and new approaches that will help us grow our brand and Lockton Associates and Producers grow the business.”

This announcement comes on the heels of Lockton’s recent addition of Said Taiym, chief digital officer. Together, they join the Lockton Inc. senior leadership team in Kansas City and are critical hires to help Lockton achieve the growth goal of $3 billion globally.

“As we continue our growth trajectory, Julie’s role will be to ensure the Lockton culture and client focus is felt all over the world,” said Ron Lockton, CEO. “She will be critical in activating and communicating the Lockton brand globally to propel our growth. We are excited to welcome her to our team.”

Gibson has built a distinguished career as a communications consultant and entrepreneur, spending the previous seven years as client partnership director at Global Prairie, a global marketing firm, headquartered in Kansas City. At Global Prairie, her client teams focused on corporate communications, public affairs and brand strategy. Her client partners include some of the most respected brands in their industries, included Bayer Crop Science, the City of Kansas City, Missouri, Google Fiber, KCP&L, Populous, the University of Kansas Health System and Sprint Center.

Gibson also brings a strong commitment to the community with her service as president of the Missouri Court Appointed Advocates Association Board of Directors and to the Shawnee Mission School District Committee for Excellence. Along with her husband, she is a volunteer and co-chair for the 2018 and 2019 Child Protection Center’s Cook for Courage event. She is a graduate of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurion’s Leadership Program and the Civic Council’s Kansas City Tomorrow program. Julie holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in political science with an emphasis in Journalism.

About Lockton
Lockton is a global professional services firm with 7,000 Associates who advise clients on protecting their people, property and reputations. Lockton has grown rapidly by helping clients achieve their objectives. For ten consecutive years, Business Insurance magazine has recognized Lockton as a "Best Place to Work in Insurance.”

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