BUSINESS NEWS: Lewis Communications appoints company’s first female CEO

Lewis Communications, new CEO, Ellen Praytor Faulkner (Ellen Praytor Faulkner/Facebook)

There’s a new boss in town and her name is Ellen Praytor Faulkner, the first woman to be named CEO of Lewis Communications. Keep reading to learn more.

Why a new CEO?

Lewis Communications, a full-service performance marketing firm, announced on May 5 that it had acquired the company from longtime CEO and owner Larry Norris. Norris, who has served the company for more than four decades, will remain chairman and strategic adviser to incoming CEO Ellen Praytor Faulkner.

While at Lewis, Norris led the expansion of the business from Mobile to Birmingham and Nashville and grew the business to include 130 associates who manage over $100 million in marketing investments annually.

“I’ve been blessed to spend my entire career at Lewis, and I couldn’t be prouder of our team and the growth they’ve achieved for our customers and Lewis. But with growth and opportunity comes change. And today, I am pleased to announce our new ownership and transition plans. »

Larry Norris, Former CEO + Owner, Lewis Communications

About the new CEO, Ellen Praytor Faulkner

Born and raised in Mobile, Faulkner began her career at Lewis more than 32 years ago in the accounts department. She quickly rose through the ranks to her most recent role as Senior Vice President and General Manager.

During her time with the company, she helped shape the business of the company and had a powerful impact on its culture.

Norris hand-picked his senior leadership successors who chose Faulkner as the fourth CEO in company history. Not only that, but she is the first woman to fill this role!

As CEO, Faulkner will lead an eight-member shareholder group comprised of senior executives from the company’s three offices in Birmingham, Mobile and Nashville, Tennessee.

“I am deeply honored to be named CEO. Collectively, these partners represent over 185 years at Lewis. We are a strong team and fully committed to extending the legacy and success of our firm and our clients.

Ellen Praytor Faulkner, CEO, Lewis Communications

Congratulations to the new CEO and team at Lewis Communications!

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