CHEN PR is a team of professionals as driven as they are thoughtful. As creative as they are meticulous. And as respected as they are relentless. This culture of professionalism is the product of an executive team that exemplifies and fosters these qualities.
Chris' highlight reel is long and varied. He’s heading a team that’s redefining energy, storage and portable power. He spearheaded the rollout of the world's first massively multiplayer online videogame. He has introduced first-to-markets in security, wireless, network infrastructure, enterprise software and e-business services. But above all, clients hold Chris in high regard for his quick mind and the valued strategic counsel he provides. Prior to co-founding CHEN PR, Chris served as the top communications executive at Bay Networks (now part of Nortel), responsible for worldwide media and analyst relations programs for the $2 billion company. Earlier, he was a partner and vice president at Lois Paul & Partners; vice president of public communications with computer industry trade association ADAPSO (now the Information Technology Association of America); and a reporter. Chris earned his B.A. in Business Communications from Boston University.
Clients have a formidable advocate in founding partner Barbara Ewen, whose network of press contacts is vast and whose thoroughness and tenacity are legendary. She leads teams in storage and enterprise software markets as well as managing overall CHEN PR operations.She has defined new markets in storage, enterprise software and networking hardware, driven programs for large publicly held companies and enabled start-ups such as Pirus Networks to capture the attention of future acquirers. Pre-CHEN, Barb was director of media and analyst relations globally for Bay Networks (now part of Nortel) and vice president of client services for Lois Paul & Partners. Her background also includes experience in advertising and marketing communications. She serves as a member of the Marketing Committee of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge. She is a graduate of Colby College.
Technologically astute and with a long track record of getting clients their “unfair share” of media coverage, Kevin helped establish CHEN PR’s security practice nearly a decade ago. He continues to lead that practice currently with multiple high-profile security innovators. One of CHEN PR’s first employees in 1996, Kevin has also applied his strategic counsel and creative energy to garner a significant amount of media coverage for clients large and small in storage, enterprise software, consulting services, network infrastructure and most recently, green materials. Prior to CHEN PR, Kevin spent four years at Lois Paul & Partners. Kevin has a B.A. in Communications from Boston College.
Barbara Heffner -- Partner Emeritus
Founding partner Barbara Heffner retired from CHEN PR to devote full time to Room to Read, an organization that seeks to transform the lives of millions of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read develops literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children, and support girls to complete secondary school with the relevant life skills to succeed in school and beyond. Barb is the co-chair for the Boston Chapter of Room to Read.