Leadership Team.

Barbara Bates
I’m the Group CEO, and the former founder and CEO of Eastwick Communications, which was acquired by Hotwire in 2016. I've more than 25 years’ experience working with brands to tell their stories, accelerate growth and build value working in Silicon Valley and beyond. I’ve partnered with some of the world’s biggest technology brands to create high-impact communication strategies and was proud to be named in Business Insider’s 2014 list of 50 Best Public Relations People in Tech and one of the Top 5 Women in PR by the PR World Awards.

Barbara Bates

Global CEO

Adrian Talbot
I'm Hotwire’s Global CFO, responsible for our finances across all of our offices. I trained as a Chartered Accountant with BDO in London. My career in the public relations industry began in 2003 when I joined Burson Marsteller as Finance Director in their London office. I have a real passion for developing and supporting commercial relationships and a proven track record in supporting client teams to win and retain business.

Adrian Talbot

CFO

Andy West
I’m Hotwire’s Group Chief Development Officer, which means I'm responsible for all aspects of our sales and marketing to grow our revenue. I also build and manage our global affiliate network. I spent a large part of my career with Text 100, helping to build the company from a 20 person domestic agency into a global agency over a period of 20 years. I’m obsessive about demonstrating the impact PR activities have on the success of our clients.

Andy West

Group Chief Development Officer

Heather Kernahan
I'm President, North America for Hotwire. I've spent my entire career immersed in technology, and moved over to Hotwire from Eastwick Communications after its acquisition in 2016. As well as agency experience I've a wide range of in-house knowledge. At Autodesk, I focused on integrated brand communications and led the development of the company’s first sustainability report and I played an integral role in Enphase’s successful IPO and aggressive expansion into Europe.

Heather Kernahan

President, North America

Fiona Chilcott
I am Hotwire's Chief People and Culture Officer, focused on developing people strategies, driving cultural change initiatives and organisational transformation programs across our business. I have extensive experience as an HR Executive, most recently as General Manager, People & Culture, Energy Supply & Corporate Functions at Origin Energy. Prior to that, I held senior HR roles for companies including ANZ Bank, Asteron (Suncorp) and Lexis Nexis.

Fiona Chilcott

Chief People and Culture Officer

Chris Paxton
I am Hotwire’s Chief Strategy Officer, responsible for delivering insight-led strategies, ideas and communications across our clients. Previously, I spent 12 years at The Leading Edge where I helped evolve an insights business into a global strategy consultancy. Some of the brands I’ve worked with include Nokia, Sony, Nestle, Bayer, McDonalds, Vodafone and AB inBev. I pride myself on translating data into opportunities and turning them into strategies for growth.

Chris Paxton

Chief Strategy Officer

CMO in residence.

What is it?

The role involves being a resource and “voice of the customer” for Hotwire and its teams around the globe. I will be providing insight on an ad hoc basis and holding several learning and development sessions about the challenges CMOs face in today’s market.

Dawn Crew
"PR agencies & communications teams are essential advisors to the CMO. "
Dawn Crew CMO, Iovation