Michael S. Sitrick
Michael Sitrick is the founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sitrick And Company. An internationally recognized expert in the strategic use of communications, Mr. Sitrick has been the subject of numerous articles focusing on the results he has achieved for clients. Fortune Magazine called him “one of the most accomplished practitioners of the dark arts of public relations” and “The Winston Wolf of Public Relations.” “Wolf,” Fortune explained, was the fixer in Pulp Fiction. Played by Harvey Keitel, he washed away assassins splatter and gore. Sitrick “cleans up the messes of companies, celebrities and others and he’s a strategist who isn’t averse to treating PR as combat.” The Los Angeles Times called him, “The Wizard of Spin,” Forbes, “The Flack For When You’re Under Attack” and the Financial Times, the spin doctor’s spin doctor.” Fast Company said, “Everyone understands the importance of shaping a story, but few are as shrewdly proficient at manipulating the media as L.A. crisis manager Mike Sitrick…” Los Angeles Magazine wrote: “Sitrick is a pure product of the 24-hour news cycle, of a culture dominated and defined by newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, the Internet, of the never-ending noise streaming into our lives. Beyond his aggressiveness, beyond his toughness, what distinguishes Sitrick is his ability to play the media to his clients’ advantage.”
Since founding Sitrick And Company, he has provided advice and counsel to more than 1,000 companies, including some of the nation’s largest corporations, and some of our nation’s highest profile individuals — both on routine and extremely sensitive matters. Matters with which he has been involved pretty much span the spectrum. While many of his cases dominate the headlines, perhaps even most telling are the cases which are never heard about — where Mr. Sitrick and his firm are brought in to keep their clients out of the press, a much more difficult task.
Under his direction, Sitrick And Company grew to the 15th largest independent firm in the nation in its first year of business. It broke into the top ten in its second year. Today, the firm has offices in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington DC.
Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Sitrick served as Senior Vice President – Communications for Wickes Companies, Inc. A member of that company’s senior management group, he was the architect of Wickes’ Chapter 11 communications programs. He also directed the company’s communications efforts through a series of takeover attempts and defenses, litigation issues, a major product liability problem and numerous other critical matters.
Before joining Wickes, Mr. Sitrick headed Communications and Government Affairs for National Can Corporation, was a Group Supervisor for the Chicago public relations firm Selz, Seabolt and Associates, and served as Assistant Director of Public Information in the Richard J. Daley administration in Chicago. He also did reporting for such publications as the Washington Star and the Baltimore News American, as well as WSID Radio in Baltimore.
Mr. Sitrick has lectured on public relations and crisis management before numerous professional groups and forums, as well as at the graduate schools of Columbia, Dartmouth, UCLA, USC and the Mike Wallace Journalism Fellows Program at the University of Michigan. Mr. Sitrick is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “Spin– How to turn the power of the press to your advantage” which was published in April 1998 by Regnery Publishing Co. and is a contributing author to the book, “Turnarounds and Workouts,” published by Dow Jones/Irwin and “The Art Of Doing,” published by Penguin.
Mr. Sitrick serves on the Board of Directors of the privately-held pharmaceutical company, Nant Pharma and the non-profit Chan Soon-Shiong Institute for Advanced Health and Saint John’s Health Center. He is a former board member of NASDAQ listed APP Pharmaceuticals Company and Abraxis BioScience, the Turnaround Management Association and the Jewish Television Network.
Mr. Sitrick holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a major in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. He is married to the former Nancy Eiseman and together they have three daughters and four grandchildren.