By : nationaladmin May 2018
Consultant, Gagen MacDonald
Judith Mulhberg is experienced in dealing with ambiguity and the situations that cause it: major strategy shifts, crises, mergers & acquisitions, leadership transitions, competitive disruption, and culture change and transformation.
As a consultant for strategy execution firm, Gagen MacDonald since 2004, Judith has worked with Fortune 500 companies including United Airlines, BASF, Estee Lauder, Mars, Novartis, Financial Services Roundtable, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., Deloitte, Pfizer, Southern California Gas Company, and ConAgra.
Judith joined the Board of Directors of ECO Building Products in 2015 and serves as the Chair of Compensation and a member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance committees. She has also served on the Legal Issues, Risk Management, and Corporate Governance and Nominating committees of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. In 2005, she was the SVP of Communications for Sprint Nextel, overseeing the merger communications of these two companies and leading a team of some 200 communicators.
Judith has a broad and deep background in two major industries: aerospace and automotive. She was SVP of Communications and member of the Executive Council at Boeing. Judith led a 250-strong team and directed the strategic global transformation of Boeing from commercial airplane manufacturer to an aerospace company with 150,000 employees. This included the merger of McDonnell Douglas and Boeing, in which Judith played a pivotal role in an extensive culture change effort driven by enhanced leadership communications.
Prior to Boeing, Judith worked in communications, government affairs, contributions, and public affairs at Ford Motor Company for 22 years, rising to the number two position in public affairs and serving on the senior leadership team. She led all communications strategies and messaging for the automotive business and its 345,000 employees worldwide.
Judith began her career in The White House during the Ford Administration, serving as an aide to two chiefs of staff (Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney) and, later, as assistant to Dave Gergen, the director of the White House communications office.
Judith is also an adjunct professor in the Georgetown University master’s degree program for Public Relations and Corporate Communications, teaching Global Strategic Communications, Corporate Crisis Communications, and Leadership in Communications. In 2014, she co-authored the textbook Leadership Communication: How Leaders Communicate and How Communicators Lead in Today’s Global Enterprise.
Judith is a Member of the Arthur W. Page Society. In May 2012, Judith was named A&S Outstanding Alumna by the University of Wyoming. She attended Michigan State University for her, J.D.; University of Wyoming for her B.S. in Communications, and studied International Economics at the University of Stockholm.
Judith currently resides in McLean, VA with her husband, Peeter. They have two daughters, Erika and Madeline.
Current Nonprofit Boards/Organizations:
- National Leadership Institute Board of Governors (2015)
- Member, Arthur W. Page Society (2000-Present)
- Member, Women Corporate Directors (2004-Present)
Past Nonprofit Boards:
- Director, Arthur W. Page Society (2000-2007)
- Director, Chicago Public Library Foundation (2001-2003)
- Director, San Francisco Academy (2000-2004)
- Director, The Cradle, Chicago (2003-2008)
- Director, Foundation for American Communications (2001-2003)
- Director, Institute for Public Relations (2000-2003)
- Director, Ravinia Festival (2001-2003)
- Director, Seattle Opera (1999-2001)
- Director, University of Washington Medical Center (1999-2001)
- Director, Founder’s Junior Council, Detroit Institute of the Arts (1981-1989)
- Director, Automotive Press Association (1990s)