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Phillips & Company Names Business, Technology Leaders to Leaderhip Advisory Board

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Global PR and Management Consulting Firm Taps Innovators for Their Commitment to Community, Economic Growth and Vision

AUSTIN, Texas – Sept. 26, 2011 – Phillips & Company has added four new members to its Leadership Advisory Board.

Selected for their business leadership and commitment to innovation on the issues that drive success and growth for companies and organizations, new board members include Pike Powers, director of business consulting at Duff & Phelps; John Volkmann, corporate vice president and marketing fellow at AMD (Advanced Micro Devices); Jayant Ramakrishnan, vice president of business development for the Space and Defense Division at ARES Corp.; and Sandy Dochen, manager of corporate citizenship and corporate affairs at IBM.

“We are committed to a cause – the transformation of business growth strategy,” said Phillips & Company president Rich Phillips. “At Phillips, we believe in a model that positions companies as leaders on the issues that matter to customers, partners and investors. As a management consulting firm focused on both business development and strategic communications, we have a unique opportunity to help businesses and organizations lead. Our Advisory Board is not only a resource to our customers, but they will help us advance this cause and ultimately transform the way businesses grow.”

Phillips & Company works with both emerging and established leaders in the markets that are changing our world – space, mobile, energy, security, healthcare and education. The new advisory board members bring a wealth of experience and insight into these dynamic markets as well as the depth of knowledge required to create leadership positions for clients and partners.

Sandy Dochen is responsible for a variety of innovative technology applications that serve IBM communities in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. He manages such IBM initiatives as the Smarter Cities Challenge, World Community Grid, Corporate Service Corps, Reading Companion, Traducelo Ahora and On Demand Community. Dochen also serves on several state and regional boards, as an executive committee member of the Texas Business & Education Coalition, Workforce Solutions Capital Area and the Austin Area Research Organization. He was a founder of the Texas Early Childhood and Education Coalition and has chaired Workforce Solutions, Austin Partners in Education and the Jewish Federation of Austin. Prior to joining IBM in 1999, Dochen served in many other government, technology-related and communications roles.

Pike Powers’ leadership helped transform Austin, Texas into a globally recognized high-tech center. For the past 30 years, Powers has played an integral role in developing the state’s technology economy. Powers led the effort to create the Texas Technology initiative in 2002 to redefine and reinvigorate the collaboration between government, academia and private industry. He was vice-chair of the $200 million Texas Emerging Technology Fund and remains active as chair of the Energy Initiatives Committee of Innovate Texas, a state-wide non-profit aimed at encouraging new companies to apply to the emerging Technology Fund for start-up funds.

As vice president of business development for ARES Corp.’s Space and Defense Division, Jayant Ramakrishnan heads up the strategic pursuit, capture and teaming on major federal opportunities. He brings technical insight, as well as strong business acumen, with extensive engineering program management experience on projects including NASA’s Return-to-Flight Statistical Analysis and Hubble Space Telescope contract.

Prior to joining AMD, where he is corporate vice president and the company’s first Corporate Marketing Fellow, John Volkmann worked at Citigate Cunningham as managing director of the Positioning Group. Volkmann co-authored the book, “Momentum: How Companies Become Unstoppable Market Forces“, a discussion of the driving force behind customers’ purchases of digital components and the pivotal role played by a company’s brand in this decision.

Full biographies for all Phillips & Company Leadership Advisory Board members can be found at

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