At the Turning point: Recovering and Building Back from Crisis
Partner, Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI)
Bradley Akubuiro is a Partner at Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI) where he focuses on corporate reputation, executive communications, and high visibility crisis management and media relations efforts. He also provides equity, diversity, and inclusion counsel to clients.
Previously, Akubuiro was the Chief Spokesperson and Head of Global Media Relations for The Boeing Company, the largest aerospace manufacturer in the world. In this role, he was responsible for leading Boeing’s team of media relations, media research and media intelligence professionals enterprise wide in their efforts to advance and protect the company’s interests around the globe. Akubuiro provided leadership and counsel through the company’s response to COVID-19, the national conversation around race, and several news making challenges and milestones in its effort to return the previously grounded 737 MAX to commercial service. He was a founding member of Boeing’s enterprise wide Racial Equity Task Force.
Prior to joining Boeing, Akubuiro served as Director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs for United Technologies Corporation (UTC) where he led the global corporate media relations and public affairs functions for the $77B Fortune 50 company. In an earlier role, he was deputy communications leader for the global military jet engines business at Pratt & Whitney, a unit of United Technologies.
Prior to UTC, Akubuiro served in roles as a management consultant at the firm Booz Allen Hamilton, a policy advisor to Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., a governance reform consultant to the Republic of Liberia following 14 years of civil war, and as the founder of a Chicago-based non-profit focused on policy development and advocacy.
In 2015, Akubuiro was recognized as a PR Rising Star, 30 & Under by PR News. He is a former member of the board of trustees for the DC Central Kitchen and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford.
Akubuiro received his Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing at Northwestern University where he currently serves on the Board of Advisers, as well as on the steering committee for the Northwestern Center for Leadership.