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Richard E. Nicolazzo

Managing Partner

Richard E. Nicolazzo, Founder and Managing Partner of Nicolazzo & Associates, has extensive experience in strategic communications management and planning, merger and acquisition communications, issues management, litigation support, media relations and crisis communications. Clients include leading regional, national and international corporations and organizations. 

Working directly with chief executive officers and senior management teams, he has served as counsel to numerous organizations, including Audax Group, Bain Capital, Berkshire Capital, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Consulting Group, Caritas Christi Health Care System, Caturano and Company, Geerlings & Wade, Liberty Mutual, Goodwin Proctor, Emerson Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Fleet Financial Group, Foley Hoag, General Motors, John Hancock, Lincare, MetLife HealthCare, Nortek Holdings, Reebok International, Ropes & Gray, PhRMA, Premier Technology, Sun Life of Canada, Saints Medical Center, Tufts Medical Center, University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Prior to founding Nicolazzo & Associates in 1975, Mr. Nicolazzo began his career at Burson-Marsteller in New York. While at Burson-Marsteller, Mr. Nicolazzo worked on a major energy conservation campaign that won a Silver Anvil, the highest award given by the Public Relations Society of America. Since its formation, Nicolazzo & Associates has consulted with Burson-Marsteller, Hill & Knowlton, and a number of other major communications firms in the United States and abroad.  Mr. Nicolazzo holds bachelors and master’s degrees in public relations and communications from Boston University.

Mr. Nicolazzo, a nationally-recognized expert on strategic communications management and crisis communications, is a frequent guest lecturer and keynote speaker at university and industry forums. Richard is a regular contributor to the “Crisis of the Week” online feature in The Wall Street Journal. In his role, he provides expert commentary on major national and international business crises. He has appeared on broadcast business shows such as CNN’s Money Line, NESN, Fox 25 and Peter Marx’s Business Insight; he authors contributed articles to major print and online media such as The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, and O’Dwyerpr.com; and he has been a featured speaker at Nasdaq/Amex Executive Program Investor Relations Conferences. Mr. Nicolazzo is an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America and PRSA’s Counselors Academy. He serves on the Boston University College of Communications Board of Advisors and is a member of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. He is a current member of the Pioneer Institute.

Mr. Nicolazzo has served on the Board of Directors of the North Shore Music Theatre and the Boston Center for the Arts, the Examining Committee of the Boston Public Library, WGBH-TV’s Business Task Force, and is a former director of the Newton (Massachusetts) Boys’ and Girls’ Club.