Mr. Barritt is a veteran communications training instructor and a sought after speaker and facilitator, with more than two decades of experience. He directs Ketchum’s network of communications trainers, and creates and facilitates customized training workshops to help clients effectively deliver messages in a variety of forums.
Mr. Barritt has coached clients preparing for interviews on major new broadcasts, including Nightline, ABC News Primetime, 60 Minutes and Today. He has counseled CEOs, senior executives and spokespeople for numerous corporations and associations including Nokia, Time Warner, Takeda, National Geographic Society, Subway, The Food Network, The Hershey Company, Wyeth, Bridgestone Firestone, Feld Entertainment, Dow, Coty Inc., UCB Pharma, Merial Animal Health, The California Strawberry Commission, Church & Dwight, Dannon, Mott’s USA and the American Dental Association.
Mr. Barritt frequently moderates advisory panel meetings with health care professionals on behalf of pharmaceutical companies and facilitates strategic message development sessions for clients, including Takeda, Pfizer, Abbott, Boehringer Ingelheim, Novartis, Coopervision, ConAgra Foods, The Hershey Company and the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. In addition, he has hosted and moderated numerous panels on social media for public relations societies. He has addressed gatherings of professionals at the annual meetings of the American Dietetic Association, The Society for Nutrition Education, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.
Prior to joining Ketchum in 1998, Mr. Barritt was a Managing Director in the U.S. health care Practice of Burson-Marsteller where he was responsible for American Home Products and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and served as a senior counselor on health issues across all accounts. During his 15 years at Burson-Marsteller, Mr. Barritt worked on various industries and issues for the consumer, healthcare and corporate practices. As part of an award-winning consumer education campaign for the American Dental Association he prepared a cadre of dentists to address the media on the issue of safety in the dental office.
He has also developed issues and crisis preparedness plans and executive training programs for numerous corporations, manufacturers and packaged goods companies, including Aetna, Merck, Dannon, Johnson & Johnson, Bacardi, Columbia House Music Club, The NutraSweet Company and Unilever.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Barritt worked for three years as a news writer and producer for WPIX-TV’s “Action News” and “Independent Network News” in New York City.