Sheldon Jones, founder of S Jones Communications, has 38 years of experience in the communications field. His depth of expertise spans all public relations areas ranging from the creation and implementation of global reputation strategy to the management of devastating crisis situations to the promotion of international sporting events.
He began his career with Standard Oil Company (Indiana) in 1974 and has held various communications positions with Amoco, Phillips Petroleum Company, Imperial Chemical Industries, S. Jones Public Relations (his own Denver-based agency), and CIBA a predecessor to Novartis. Following the merger that crea¬ted Novartis, Sheldon accepted a Corporate Communications po¬sition with Novartis Corporation in 1996. In 1998, he was promo¬ted to Vice President for US Communication in the Novartis Consu¬mer Health Division and took on the global responsibilities of this role in 2000.
He assumed the role of Vice President of Communications for Novartis Corporation in 2001. In this role, Sheldon was respon¬sible for overall Novartis communication activities in North America. In 2009, he was appointed global Head of Corporate Communications for Novartis AG in Basel, Switzerland. His responsibilities included worldwide corporate reputation and advertising, brand management, media relations, issues mana¬ge¬¬ment/crisis communication, and internal communications. As a member of the corporate executive team, some 500 communicators reported to him functionally.
Following his retirement from Novartis in 2012, Sheldon formed S Jones Communications, LLC. As a communications consultant, he draws upon his extensive experience to provide counsel to a variety of clients on public relations and corporate advertising. He specializes in assisting corporate executives and communicators in managing significant issues and crisis situations, developing strategy to enhance reputation, communication ethics, and more.
Business relationships: Senior Advisor to Weber Shandwick agency providing counsel on various accounts. Retainer to CEO of Novartis AG along with other Novartis relationships to provide counsel. Co-Executive Producer of "Uncaged" - a movie based upon the novel by Paul McKellip.
Board Membership: Board of Directors for the Foundation of Biomedical Research. Board of Directors for Mental Health America.
Professional affiliation: Active member of Arthur W. Page Society. Strategic Communications Advisor to the President of the Ethics Resource Center (US).
University affiliation: Guest lecturer for Communication Department classes at: Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, West Chester University and the University of Central Missouri. Collaborating on authorship of academic book on Public Relations.
Education: Holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from University of Central Missouri.
Personal: Married for 35 years with three adult sons, two daughter-in-laws, one grandson, and one granddaughter.