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Chris Kircher is vice president of corporate affairs at Omaha, NE-based ConAgra Foods, Inc., one of North America’s leading packaged food companies. He also serves as president of the ConAgra Foods Foundation. He is responsible for leading the company’s corporate responsibility, charitable giving and state and local public affairs initiatives. Mr. Kircher serves on a the board of directors of a variety of organizations at the national and local level including the Corporate Responsibility Officer’s Association, the National Council of La Raza, the Nebraska and Omaha Chambers of Commerce, the Aksarben Board of Councilors, the Durham and Joslyn Museums, the Salvation Army and the Omaha Sports Commission.
Before joining ConAgra Foods in 2002, Mr. Kircher was with Hill and Knowlton, Inc., one of the world’s leading public relations firms where he worked from 1989 to 1996, and then again from 2000 to June 2002 at the firm’s headquarters in New York City. His experience covered most areas of external and internal communications including crisis and issues management, media relations, financial communications, public affairs and reputation management. His clients ranged from global companies to leading universities to foreign governments.
From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Kircher was manager of financial communications at Philip Morris, Inc. (now Altria), where he also served as a media spokesperson during the tobacco industry’s historic settlement with the States. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Kircher was an account supervisor at The Hooper Group, a public relations firm in his hometown of Dayton, OH. He began his public relations career in 1984 at the Icon Group, a financial relations firm also based in Dayton.
Mr. Kircher received a bachelor’s of science degree in marketing from Wright State University. He is married and has three children.