Corporate Communications Public & Investor Relations Leader

  • Advised one or more organizations
  • Received an award or special recognition
  • Networked with other professionals
  • Earned one or more college degrees
  • Served on a board of directors for an organization
  • Limited-edition achievement recognizing early members of Workfolio
  • Considered an authority in a particular field
  • Received one or more promotions within an organization
  • Generated a substantial amount of money for an organization
  • Endorsed by co-workers or clients
  • Spoken in front of an audience about an area of expertise
  • Has had direct reports in an organization
  • Donates time to philanthropic causes or organizations


Chip Swearngan
I am a Corporate Communications, Public and Investor Relations professional who helps businesses speak about themselves to key audiences, both internally and externally. My career includes both PR agency- and corporate-based experience.
Corporate communications executive leads global teams in Fortune 500 companies to drive desired corporate positioning among stakeholders: customers, employees, influencers, investment community and the media through executive visibility, investor and public relations, corporate reputation and issues management. Provides communications counsel and leads strategic message development and execution of external and internal, investor communications programs. Proven global team leader. Excellent writer/editor. Both agency and corporate experience.

Specialties: Execute strategic CEO and organizational change management communications; M&A communications strategies, including investor/public/media relations management for over 25 financial technology acquisitions; quarterly earnings and conference calls, call scripts; investor presentations. Position pre-public high technology and other companies for successful IPOs, including spin-offs or moving venture-cap-financed to equity markets. Corporate brand building and identity management. Award-winning producer of annual reports and corporate collateral.


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    Head, Corp Comms & PR, Westlake Chemical Corp, Westlake Chemical Corporation

    Direct corporate communications, government and public relations function for Fortune 500 integrated petrochemicals, plastics and building products manufacturer (NYSE: WLK). Joined Houston headquarters staff following 2016 $3.8 billion acquisition of Atlanta-based Axiall Corporation. Drive all CEO and C-level communications internally and externally to ensure consistent message delivery across constituencies.

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    SVP, Global Communications & IR, First Data Corp., First Data Corporation

    Led global communications, including investor and public relations, executive and employee communications, corporate social responsibility, and industry analyst relations for this Fortune 250 global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing. Appointed president First Data Foundation, April 2013. Member: Diversity Council, Executive Management Group.

  3. Arthur W Page Society Inducted

    The Arthur W. Page Society is a select membership organization for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession.

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    VP, Comms, Advtz & Branding, Metavante Corporation, Metavante Corporation

    Led results-focused corporate communications and public relations team, including client and employee communications, advertising and branding, at this NYSE-listed leading technology provider for over 8,000 financial institutions (NYSE: MV).

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    MBA,, Alverno College

    +Studied business administration in the second MBA class at Alverno, a program built around Leadership;
    +Special focus studies in Corporate Social Responsibility;
    +First male to earn the MBA from Alverno College, which although co-ed in its master's programs, specializes in educating women undergraduates

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    VP, Corporate Comms, Metavante Corporation , Metavante Corporation

    Responsible for internal and external communications, including employees, clients, investors and influencers (through media and public relations).

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    VP, IR & PR, Metavante Corporation, Metavante Corporation

    Led investor relations, public relations and corporate communications team as the company positioned itself for the public markets. Interfaced with investor relations and corporate communications of former parent company, NYSE-listed bank holding company Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE: MI).

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    Director, IR & PR, Metavante Corporation, Metavante Corporation

    Built the measurement-focused, results-oriented public relations function and department at Metavante and helped position the company for the public markets, while it was a subsidiary of bank holding company Marshall & Ilsley Corp. (NYSE: MI).

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    Dir. Admissions & Development, Nashotah House, Nashotah House Episcopal Seminary

    Directed marketing to alumni and external audiences, communications, fund raising, student recruitment for 158-year-old Episcopal seminary. Introduced new seminary branding and identity system, including quarterly newsletter, logo and website. Created road show presentation for use with external relations and student recruitment. Increased student enrollment 60%. Raised $2+ million for Nashotah House Foundation.

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    VP, Corporate & Technology, Edelman PR, Edelman Public Relations New York

    Drove reputation management program for global mobile telecommunications leader with media and analyst outreach programs in North America, Europe and Asia. Consulted for investor relations with several additional US public companies, including a medical technology IPO, which included rebranding in pre-IPO positioning.

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    Public Relations Consultant, Ericsson, Ericsson

    Managed North American reputation-management campaign for the Ericsson Corporation, American Depository Receipt-listed.
    Oversaw programs to inform key opinion leaders among industry and financial analysts, business, financial and industry media about wireless communications technologies and standards developed by Ericsson.

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    Vice President, IR, Burns McClellan, Burns McClellan, Inc.

    Directed agency-based investor relations programs for 35 biotechnology, medical technology and pharmaceutical companies throughout the United States. Managed investor communications during four clients’ Food & Drug Administration new drug approval process.

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    Dir. IR/Asst. Creative Dir, McQuerterGroup, McQuertergroup

    Developed investor and public relations programs for clients including Qualcomm, Burnham Pacific Properties and the Immune Response Corp. Created and maintained investor relations program for Fortune 500 and NASDAQ 100-listed Qualcomm during first three years as a public company.

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    Corporate Relations Manager, Cadmus Comms., Cadmus Communications Corporation

    Managed investor and public relations for this Nasdaq-listed graphic arts holding company.

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    Copy Administrator, BarclaysAmerican, Barclays

    Wrote advertising and marketing copy for BarclaysAmerican, a US-based consumer and commercial finance affiliate of Barclays Bank.

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    BA, History, Univ North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    +College of Arts and Sciences; History major, focused in Renaissance to Reformation; also studied Art History, Classics, English, Greek, and Geography.
    +Worked as production assistant for the UNC Center for Public Television; on-air personality during annual Spring-break fund-raising drive
    +Member of UNC Chaplains Association representing Episcopal Campus Ministry
    +Member of UNC Crew; coxswain, sophomore through senior years

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    copykid, The Charlotte Observer, The Charlotte Observer

    Supported editors and reporters; wrote obits and weather, religion column, spot news stories during high school and college summers.

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    AFS Exchange Student/Terminal A, Externat de la Trinitie, Lyon

    Attended Terminal A classes while spending the year between high school and college as an American Field Service foreign exchange student in France

Proudest Accomplishment

Helping merge 4 Milwaukee parishes into Blessed Savior Catholic Church and School (4 campuses)

Experience Highlights

  • Head of Corporate Communications and Public Relations
    Axiall corporation
  • Senior Vice President, Global Communications & Investor Relations
    First Data Corporation
  • Vice President, Corporate Communications, Advertising & Branding
    Metavante Corporation
  • VP, Corporate Communications
    Metavante Corporation
  • Vice President, Investor & Public Relations
    Metavante Corporation

Education Highlights

  • MBA, Business Administration
    Alverno College
  • BA, History
    Univ North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • AFS Exchange Student, Terminal A
    Externat de la Trinitie, Lyon


  • Parish Council
    Blessed Savior Catholic Church, Milwaukee


  • 88th
    fdc 2013 social media 500 ranking
  • 30/4
    FDC comms staff / GLOBAL regions
  • 24+
    M&A Comms Plans metavante acquisitions
  • 60%
    seminary enrollment increase over 24 months
  • >$2M
    funds raised nashotah house foundation 24 months


  • Public Relations
  • Corporate Communications
  • Internal Communications
  • Investor Relations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Media Relations
  • Message Development
  • Strategic Communications
  • Press Releases
  • Crisis Communications
  • Executive Communications
  • Reputation Management
  • Messaging
  • M&A experience
  • IPO experience
  • Thought Leadership
  • Leadership
  • Mergers
  • Crisis Management
  • IPO
  • Strategy
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Management
  • B2B Marketing
  • Change Management
  • Executive Management
  • Positioning
  • Team Building
  • Advertising
  • Brand Management
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Corporate Social Responsibilit
  • Integrated Marketing
  • Fundraising
  • Analyst Relations
  • Marketing Communications
  • Speech Writing
  • Communication Training
  • E-commerce


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