Ann Marie van den Hurk, APR, GRCP, MSM brings twenty-five years of management experience, having led IT, operations, and communications departments. In addition, she has worked with executives in diverse sectors in crises, guiding them to resolutions in her decade of work as a business consultant.
Ann Marie was a nationally distributed business columnist for Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader and the Tribune Content Agency. Her award-winning column focused on public relations, crisis, marketing, cyber security, and social media for businesses by bringing new media to her readers before it becomes mainstream and breaking it down into digestible terms. In 2013, Ann Marie published her first book, Social Media Crisis Communications: Preparing for, Preventing, and Surviving a Public Relations #fail through Que.
Born in the Republic of Ireland, raised and educated in the United States, and lived in Europe, Ann Marie blends American and European sensibilities into her practice allowing for a unique global perceptive. She holds an M.S. in Justice and Homeland Security with a concentration in Cybersecurity and Intelligence from Salve Regina University. Ann Marie holds the professional accreditation and certifications: Accredited Public Relations Professional (APR), OCEG Governance Risk Compliance Professional, and CompTIA Security+. In addition, Ann Marie has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Delaware. She is an active member of PRSA, InfraGard, ISA, and SAE International. Based in Newport, Rhode Island, in New England, Ann Marie speaks throughout the United States and the world.