Introducing Ragan’s 2023 Game Changers, communicators who are leading the way forward

These leaders stand out for their strategic work in shaping the future of communications at their organizations and beyond.

Headshots of Ragan's Game Changers

Ragan has revealed its inaugural class of Game Changers, sponsored by Omnicom, leaders nominated by members of Ragan’s Communications Week advisory council and carefully selected by our editorial team as emblems of innovation in the industry. The leaders will be honored during Ragan’s Communications Week in a dedicated ceremony at our Future of Communications Conference in Austin from Nov. 6th–8th.

These distinguished communications leaders are recognized for their remarkable contributions, visionary initiatives and unwavering commitment to driving impactful outcomes within their respective organizations and beyond. Along the way, they have deftly redefined the way we face, prepare for and respond to today’s most pressing and complex challenges.

The Game Changers represent a diverse spectrum of expertise, operating at the forefront of multiple functions including HR, digital marketing, design and beyond. Their collective efforts continue to elevate the realm of communications by pioneering solutions and embracing cutting-edge technologies, ultimately fostering enduring and positive change for both internal and external stakeholders.

Ragan extends our heartfelt congratulations to the 2023 Game Changers, each of whom has showcased remarkable dedication to advancing the field of communications. They have demonstrated their commitment to revolutionizing the profession and leading us into the future.

Following the awards ceremony at Ragan’s Future of Communications Conference, several members of the class will also participate in panel discussions, sharing their experience and expertise with our attendees.

The 2023 Game Changers are:


Angie Hu

Vice President Communications



Christina Magrini

Vice President of Corporate Communications



Damon Jones

Chief Communications Officer

Procter & Gamble


Halley Knigge

Director, Co-op Communications



Lou Dubois

Senior Director, Content, Creative, HD Story Labs and Home Depot TV

Home Depot


Michael Kaye

Head of Brand Marketing and Communications, Archer and Global Director of Brand Marketing and Communications



Sarah Alspach

Senior Vice President, External Affairs

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Stephanie Lowenthal

Global Head of Communications


Tiph Turpin

Global Vice President of Employee Communications

Expedia Group


Billy Rielly

Senior Vice President, Head of Public Affairs

Consumer Bankers Association


Veleisa Patton Burrell

Senior Director, Public Relations & Crisis

Denny’s Corporation


Mariella Kapsaskis

Head of Corporate Communications

BMW of North America


Felicia Salazar

Deputy Director of Communications

U.S. Department of the Interior


Marc Johnson

Vice President, Corporate Communications



Kelly Williamson

President, North America

APCO Worldwide


Morgan Painter-Effron

Vice President, Corporate Communications



Congratulations to the 2023 Game Changers for their outstanding contributions to the field of communications.

Meet many of these luminaries at Ragan’s Future of Communications Conference in Austin, Texas.

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