Owen Blicksilver has more than 40 years of experience in public relations and financial communications. He founded Owen Blicksilver Public Relations, Inc. (now Lambert Blicksilver) in 2001, and has built a highly regarded, independent, specialty practice firm that focuses on communications for private equity and real estate firms, financial institutions, crises and special situations, as well as strategic investor relations assignments.
Prior to forming Blicksilver PR, Owen was a principal at Incepta, in the Sard Verbinnen division and was Executive Vice President at financial communications and M&A PR firm Dewe Rogerson. Immediately prior to joining Incepta in 1998, Owen served for more than a decade as a founder, Managing Director and head of Principal Communications, a corporate and financial public relations agency that served as the corporate public relations subsidiary of GCI Group, a unit of Grey Advertising. At Principal, Owen personally advised investors David Bonderman (TPG), Robert Bass, Tom Barrack (Colony Capital) and Arthur Solomon (Lazard Frères) as well as their investment partnerships. In the early ’90s, he was involved in communications related to the recapitalization of Continental and America West Airlines, and advised RJR Nabisco during its proxy fights. Owen also served as public relations advisor to Aetna and was later brought in on a special counsel basis to coach CEOs, including Bill Donaldson and Jack Rowe, for potentially contentious annual meetings.
Prior to founding Principal Communications in 1987, Owen was a principal with Adams & Rinehart Inc., a corporate and financial public relations agency, where he managed the mortgage and real estate account for Lewis Ranieri at Salomon Brothers Inc. He also supervised Adams & Rinehart’s Union Mutual Life Insurance Company (now UnumProvident) account, providing counsel on healthcare and financial issues, and ultimately, on the company’s demutualization to a capital stock corporation.
Owen’s public relations career also includes leadership positions at Burson-Marsteller and Anna M. Rosenberg Associates. He earned a B.A. in History from Brooklyn College and has taken graduate courses at the School of Business Administration at New York University.