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 Partner and 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.
Catriona Booth is a Senior Director at Fitzroy Communications. Catriona has over 15 years of experience as a senior strategic communications adviser throughout the US, UK and Australia. Her primary focus is advising senior executives on corporate positioning, media relations, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.
Before moving to the US, Catriona managed External Relations and Sustainability Communications for Origin Energy, Australia’s largest integrated energy company. Most recently, she was the Director of Corporate Affairs for CoClear, a New York-based consultancy specializing in interactive lifecycle analysis to assist companies in determining their environmental impact.
Catriona started her career as a reporter at the Sydney Morning Herald, before moving to London where she spent 10 years as an Associate Partner at Brunswick Group and 2 years as the Director of International Corporate Communications for Warner Bros. Entertainment. She subsequently moved back to Australia and worked as a Director for Hill + Knowlton Strategies for 3 years before joining Origin Energy.
Catriona graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Jonna Tiu is a Director at Fitzroy Communications. Prior to joining Fitzroy, Jonna was a Vice President in the Institutional Client Business group at BlackRock and managed institutional client relationships. She covered corporate pension plans and foundations and endowments, and she handled all fiduciary duties including marketing, servicing and implementing complex investment solutions across all asset classes.
Jonna joined BlackRock in 2002 in the BlackRock Solutions group where she helped portfolio managers and institutional clients effectively manage risk in their portfolios. She subsequently worked for Red Real Estate, a boutique commercial real estate firm focused on providing client representation in Manhattan.
Jonna holds a B.S. in business management from Skidmore College.
Kylie Radjenovic is an Analyst at Fitzroy Communications. Prior to joining Fitzroy, Kylie was a member of Digital Solutions, a digital advertising venture at the NY Daily News. While she was there, Kylie helped establish and grow her department by managing events, creating monthly newsletters and coordinating the operations of her group.
Kylie graduated from Lake Forest College with a B.A. in communications and business. Kylie sits on the board of A Stars & Crescent Evening for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, an annual event organized by the Delta Delta Delta Alumni Chapter to raise money for the cancer research hospital.
Richard A. Mahony
Richard Mahony is a senior advisor at Fitzroy Communications and has over 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.