Hank Boerner
Hank Boerner


Career Highlights

Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc.
New York, New York

Hank Boerner is Chairman of the Institute

The Institute provides research resources, strategies and advice for executives and senior managers and board members in the corporate, public and social sectors. Resources include customized research, corporate responsibility analysis, media monitoring and coverage analysis, monitoring of trends, benchmarking, training and coaching -- for business leaders focused on corporate sustainability and ESG factors (environment & energy, social/societal issues, and corporate governance). The Institute publishes three Web portals:

Public access platform for news, commentary, research, other resources to help leaders understand and deal with rising expectations of shareholders and stakeholders related to Accountability issues, topics and concerns.

Client and subscriber platform to help navigate the sustainability journey as investors, advocates and corporate leaders embrace sustainability and ESG factors (environmental & energy, social issues and corporate governance). A global research resource tracking influential third parties that shape corporate reputations, access to capital, and shape corporate valuations.

Public access platform for news, research, trends, commentary, public/social/private sector initiatives to build and maintain healthy communities in the USA - designed for community leadership and bankers and leaders of organizations providing financial resources for communities. Sponsored by the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC), America’s premier advocate for social and economic justice.

September 1992 to July 2007
Rowan & Blewitt - a company of Interpublic Group (NYSE:IPG)
Offices in Washington DC and New York, NY

One of the best known and most respected of crisis and issues management consulting organizations serving the Fortune 100 companies and multinationals. Services included: crisis management - preparedness programs - crisis response - issues management. Strategies for effective senior level and board communications. Media training and coaching - issues research - third party programs for Resolving conflicts. Clients included, senior executives, top-line managers, corporate communicators and investor relations executives; boards of directors, general counsel and outside law firms. R&B was formed in August 1984, closed July 2007.

  • Position: Partner, Managing Director - New York
  • Managed firm's corporate governance activities.

Boerner Communications, Inc. and operating affiliates
Integrated communications services organization, offices in New York City and Mineola, NY (technology center)
Services included: Public Relations, Public Affairs, Advertising, Direct Marketing Marketing Strategies, Program Direction Crisis and Issues management

Founder - Chief Operating Officer - Chief Creative Officer

Burson-Marsteller - a company of Young & Rubicam
Nation's largest public relations and public affairs organization Part of team that created / managed B-M's first "Corporate Communications Unit," to provide senior level corporate, financial and strategic counsel and programs to companies, including General Electric, Merrill Lynch and AT&T


New York Stock Exchange - NYSE
World's premier securities trading organization
Was then Self-regulating organization (SRO)

  • Board-elected officer, head of communications department
  • "Voice" of NYSE to media
  • Member of management team recruited to initiate reforms
  • Supervised four-unit department, 50+ employees
  • Public affairs (government relations)
  • Liaison to corporate officers, directors; NYSE counsel to corporate secretaries,
  • Investor relations officers, communications officers (listed companies)

Long Island Rail Road - NYS Metropolitan Transportation Authority
Nation's busiest commuter railroad
Important operating unit within the MTA, an arm of New York State government

  • Director Public Relations & Community Affairs
  • Supervised two departments, 50+ employees
  • Responsible for all media relations, government relations, marketing
  • Seconded to MTA regularly for project and program work
Appointed as LIRR experienced its worse operations period in decades, following acquisition of railroad by NYS government. Recognized for turnaround efforts.

American Airlines, Inc.
Major airline - now an operating unit of AMR Corporation
Then: $1.5 billion operation (2007 dollars)

Posts held:

  • Director of national public affairs ("corporate citizenship") programs
  • New York region media relations manager
  • Financial communications manager - liaison media and financial analysts
  • Marketing communications manager, American Airlines Freight System

Long Island Daily Commercial Review
Daily financial, legal and business publication - magazine publishing.
Served New York metro region with concentration in Long Island market

  • Business and financial writer
  • Columnist
  • Feature writer
  • Editor, special sections

Additional Editorial Positions, Contributing Editor as Working Journalist

Eastern Region Editor, Flight Magazine (business / corporate aviation readership)

Contributing Editor, Finance Magazine (banking and finance readership) New York Region Editor, Air Transport World (airline, commercial aviation publication, global audience).

Contributor, Business & Commercial Aviation (Ziff Davis - corporate aviation).

Contributor, Merrill Lynch Reader (investor trends publication from M-L).

Columnist, Aviation News (New York region airports publication).

Contributing Editor, Finance magazine.

Editor and Publisher Activities - post Journalist career

Editor & Publisher, 1977-1983, ArabAir Update Newsletter, for Middle East civil aviation interests (airline and government regulators); ArabAir was organization headed by former Pan Am Chair and FAA Administrator Najeeb Halaby.

Editor & Publisher - Florida Market Update and Florida Real Estate and Development Update newsletters / management briefing services

Editor - Florida Builder and Developer magazine

Editor - Nassau County (NY) Bar Association newsletter (lawyer audience)
Editor - Suffolk County (NY) Bar Association newsletter

Current Publications Relationships (2008)

Corporate Finance Review
(publishers: Thompson Reuters - originally Research Institute of America, Warren Gorham Lamont)
Contributing Editor and Corporate governance columnist




NIRI IR Update - monthly newsletter
Investor Relations Mentor - periodical
Published by National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Served as Editor, NIRI Publications and corporate governance columnist (“Stay Tuned” commentaries).



Investor Relations
Published by BNA / IOMA
Contributing Editor
Emerging Issues Columnist

BNA's Corporate Governance

Shareholder Value magazine

The Financial Times Mastery of Management Series


National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI)
Member, Senior Roundtable
Member, Counselors Advisory Committee, National Board of Directors
Editor - NIRI Publications; Columnist, NIRI IR Update

NIRI - NY Chapter
Vice President - Communications - Member of Board of Directors

Vice President - Professional Development

National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD)
Member - National and New York City chapter

Issue Management Council (IMC)
Chairman Emeritus (served as Chair, 2005-2007)
Member of Board of Directors
Previously, Treasurer

Section on Dispute Resolution, American Bar Association
Member of Section (for professional arbitrators and mediators)

Molloy College, Center for Business Ethics
Member of Advisory Committee to Center


Trust Across America – “Top 100 Thought Leaders”
January 2011 – selected as one of 2010’s “Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior,” selected by Trust Across America, a program of Next Decade, Inc.

Public Relations Professionals of Long Island
"Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement Award" 1999

Long Island Association, Small Business Committee
and US Small Business Administration
"Media Advocate of the Year" 1992

Board Service
Hallockville Museum Farm (current)
Riverhead, New York

Industrial Development Agency (commission),
Town of Riverhead New York

Appointed to board of IDA in 2007, served to 2010

Issue Management Council
Leesburg, Virginia

The Society of the Friendly Sons of St Patrick of LI
Charter member - 1984-present
Honors: Trustee Emeritus

Buckley Country Day School
North Hills, New York
Member, Board of Trustees, 1983-1992
Chair, Communications, Development and Long Range Committees

New York Wine Grape Foundation
Appointed by Governor Mario Cuomo, nominated by Speaker of Assembly
Served as Chairman, Marketing & Promotions Committee
and Foundation Secretary

Bicentennial Commission, County of Nassau (1976)
Member of Commission, Appointed by County Executive

Member, Advisory Committee, Hofstra University
Advisory Committee for Communications Studies (university now has communications school - our work was to introduce formal communications study to curriculum

Member Advisory Committee, State University of New York
Aviation Technology Advisory Committee
Instrumental in creating aviation technologies and flight training curriculum at Farmingdale / Republic Airport Campus

Chairman, Aviation Council of Long Island Founder, Chair of regional organization encouraging intelligent use of airport / airways facilities for commercial and general aviation
Among 1960s / 1970s campaigns:

  • Preserving Republic Airport, Farmingdale NY (successful; acquired by NYS MTA and an operating facility since late-1960s)
  • Expanding airline service at Islip-MacArthur Airport, Islip, NY (brought American Airlines flights to ISP)
  • Attempting preservation of Flushing NY and Floyd Bennett Field NY airports
  • Encouraging development of VTOL (vertical) and STOL aircraft facilities at former Mitchel Air Force Base (Hempstead, NY - now Mitchel Center)
  • Initiative to encourage use of aircraft to support Manhattan City Center in event of emergency - "Metro Support" (1966) exercise - 300 flights in-out of Manhattan by VTOL and STOL aircraft
  • Encouraging acquisition of Suffolk County Air Force Base at Westhampton, NY for business and private aircraft use (successful - now owned by Suffolk County NY)
  • Encouraged development of network of helicopter facilities at regional hospitals for medi-vac and emergency airlifts; conducted exercises at hospitals to demonstrate utility of concept
  • Encouraged greater cooperation among airlines (commercial aviation), business aircraft users and general aviation pilots

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