Lucas van Praag
Lucas van Praag is the Managing Partner at Fitzroy Communications. Prior to starting Fitzroy Communications, Lucas was the Global Head of Corporate Communications at Goldman Sachs.
Lucas joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 as the Director of Corporate Affairs for Europe and was asked to lead Global Corporate Communications in 2001. He was named a Partner in 2006 and retired from the firm in 2012. At Goldman Sachs, in addition to the firm's corporate activities, Lucas was actively engaged in providing strategic communications advice to a wide range of the firm's clients.
Lucas spent the first nine years of his financial career as a banker with Bankers Trust Company in New York. After leaving Bankers Trust, he ran a UK manufacturing company, worked as a management consultant and was the managing director of a publishing company.
From 1992 through 1999, Lucas was a Partner at Brunswick Group, a leading international corporate communications consultancy. At Brunswick, he advised on a wide variety of issues and transactions for clients in the UK, Europe, South Africa and the US. These included hostile bid and defense mandates, privatizations, primary and secondary capital raisings, crises and management and board changes. He also worked on corporate and investment issues for private equity firms and asset management companies.
Lucas is a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School, a member of the Board of Directors of FACES at NYU Langone Medical Center and serves on the Board of Trustees of Eaglebrook School in Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Durham with a joint honors degree in economics and economic history.
Liz Bruce is a Managing Director at Fitzroy Communications. Prior to joining Fitzroy Communications, Liz was the Global Chief of Staff for Corporate Communications at Goldman Sachs. During this time she played a critical role in helping the firm manage its reputation and execute its communications strategy.
She joined Goldman Sachs in 2004 in the Investment Banking Division where she advised on M&A, raid defense, capital raisings and corporate strategy for consumer and retail companies. Liz also worked at Brunswick Group, a leading international corporate communications consultancy. At Brunswick, she advised financial clients on litigation issues and media strategy. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Liz worked for the US government where she developed software for satellite communications and engaged with government contractors on special projects.
Liz has extensive experience helping clients develop and implement their corporate communications programs. She specializes in crisis management, M&A, litigation and regulatory issues within the financial industry.
Liz holds a B.S. in computer science and a B.A. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Hannah Burns has over 25 years of experience in providing strategic communications counsel to senior leaders worldwide. She has extensive experience in developing and executing global communications plans with a focus on advising on highly sensitive issues and crisis management.
Hannah joined Lehman Brothers in 2001 as the global head of marketing and communications for the investment banking division. In 2002, she was asked to lead corporate communications in the US and, in 2006, to run the firm’s worldwide media effort. During her tenure at Lehman Brothers, Hannah developed communications and marketing strategies for all of the firm's businesses, including investment banking, capital markets and investment management, as well as initiated programs to publicize the firm's social responsibility activities. She also served on the investment banking business development committee.
Prior to joining Lehman Brothers, Hannah was a managing director and global head of corporate communications at Bear Stearns. She joined the firm in 1986 to develop an investor relations program and assumed additional responsibility for all internal and external communications in 1990.
Hannah began her career in the investment banking division at Lehman Brothers where she was a generalist in corporate finance and an associate on the staff of the investment committee.
In addition to being a senior advisor at Fitzroy, Hannah is COO of North Sea Partners, a private investment banking firm. Hannah has served as a trustee of The Gettysburg Foundation and of the Edith Wharton Restoration in Lenox, Massachusetts. Currently she is on the board of trustees of Planting Fields Foundation (Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park). She holds a BA in Government from Smith College.
Richard A. Mahony
Richard Mahony is a senior communications professional with 25 years of experience in strategic communications, investor relations, media engagement, marketing and advertising, in US and international markets.
He began his professional career at J.P. Morgan & Co. as an investment banker, where he specialized in capital markets transactions for public and private institutions. He was later appointed head of the firm’s worldwide media relations group and held senior communications roles in New York and London, where he served on the firm’s operating committee.
For ten years Richard held senior positions at leading communications advisory firms, including managing partner at Kreab Gavin Anderson and executive vice president at Edelman, which under his leadership became the industry’s top-ranked financial practice. During this period, he worked on critical issues for some of the most widely recognized brands in financial services, retailing and energy, including Bank of America, BP, Cantor Fitzgerald, CIT, Gazprom, Hyundai Capital, HSBC, Morgan Stanley, National Financial Partners, SwissRe and Toys ‘R’ Us.
Richard’s area of expertise is in developing communication strategies for clients facing critical challenges stemming from competitive pressures, litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, hostile shareholder initiatives or crises. He specializes in strategies to present complex financial, legal or scientific issues effectively.
In addition to serving as a senior advisor at Fitzroy, Richard is the founder and managing partner of Mahony Partners LLC. A native of Minnesota, Richard is a graduate of Macalester College, where he was a Truman Foundation National Scholar, and holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University, where he was a research associate in the Energy & Environmental Policy Center.