Who We Are

Bannon Communications is the strategic communications affiliate of Bannon Leadership Consulting. 

For more than 15 years, Bannon Leadership Consulting and Bannon Communications founder Shawn Bannon has helped corporate and civic leaders to envision a new, more prosperous future for the companies and communities they represent; to develop strategic plans to steadily advance toward that future; and to execute on those plans to realize their vision. 

Founder, President and CEO Shawn Bannon

Founder, President and CEO Shawn Bannon

Throughout his career, Shawn has worked with CEOs of global financial, manufacturing, energy, IT, life sciences and consumer goods companies including Allegheny Technologies, American Eagle Outfitters, Bayer, BNY Mellon, Gateway Financial Group, K&L Gates, Kennametal, MARC USA, MEDRAD, PNC Financial Services, Reed Smith, TRACO, United States Steel and Westinghouse.  He’s also worked with leaders and faculty at prestigious research universities including Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, as well as community champions, philanthropists, and elected leaders at virtually every level of government. 

Prior to launching Bannon Leadership Consulting and Bannon Communications, Shawn held positions of leadership in both the private and public sectors.  In 2009, he managed communications for the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership, the regional host committee for the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit of global heads of state.

Previously, he served as Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development and its affiliates – the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and the Pennsylvania Economy League. Working to support the goals of these organizations to stimulate economic development and improve the quality of life in southwestern Pennsylvania, Shawn developed the Conference’s public relations strategy; served as spokesman; managed leadership and advocacy communications; and oversaw publication of membership, trade, community and investor communications.  Shawn also served for more than three years as a producer of “Our Region’s Business,” a weekly regional business affairs television show that airs on NBC Affiliate stations reaching parts of Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

During Shawn’s time with the Conference, the region and the Conference enjoyed unprecedented national and international media coverage by outlets including Time Magazine, BusinessWeek, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, FOX News, CNBC, the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times, The Economist, the Financial Times, Expansion Management, Site Selection magazine, ESPN SportsCenter and even The Hockey News.  Shawn’s work with partners throughout the community during the region’s 250th anniversary year in 2008 earned Pittsburgh more than 1 billion media impressions worldwide and has been credited with helping to propel the Pittsburgh region to record levels of business investment, talent recruitment and tourism activity in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Prior to joining the Allegheny Conference, Shawn served as Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications with Mellon Financial Corporation (now BNY Mellon), where he created the company’s thought leadership communications practice, served as both spokesman and chief speechwriter, and edited dozens of publications for employees, investors, clients and community partners.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, Shawn speaks and has been widely published across North America on issues including business and civic leadership, visioning, strategic planning, community and economic development, regionalism and global competitiveness, public relations, issues management and strategic communications.  Some of his most recent appearances have included his keynote address to the 2011 Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference; inside the pages of publications including Chamber Executive Magazine, the Birmingham News and the Calgary Sun; and among industry publications and Web sites including Vital Speeches of the Day, the Speechwriters Newsletter, PR Daily, Ragan.com and the Washington Speechwriters Roundtable.

Bannon Communications is a Bannon Leadership Consulting affiliate company.