Raymond F. Kerins Jr. appointed CEO of The Next Security Group and Director of Public Affairs of The Next Practices Group | National company
AUSTIN, Texas and NEW YORK – (BUSINESS WIRE) – October 21, 2021–
The Next Practices Group announced today that it has appointed industry veteran Ray Kerins as CEO of The Next Security Group (NextSec). NextSec will focus on public affairs and all forms of security, from cybersecurity and physical protection to new models of corporate protection. Kerins will take up his leadership role on November 1 and will be based in the company’s New York office.
“NextSec will introduce new models on how to protect and promote its value and reputation, whether it is a public affairs initiative or preparing for reputational threats of all kinds,” said Bob Pearson, President of Next Practices Group. âThe next generation of public affairs will know just as well how to build and share our clients’ stories as they do to identify and minimize or counteract the impact of bad actors. Ray joins us at a pivotal time as we prepare to launch a slew of new offerings ranging from anti-counterfeiting to a new intelligence and listening platform for the private sector and more.
The Next Practices Group is a collective of companies led by founders who form joint teams to create perpetual competitive advantage and value for customers. The group’s combined expertise in leading organizations and in key disciplines of data science, technology, digital media, public affairs and marketing communications is fueling new models and a new approach to business. The Next Practices Group is made up of executives from The Bliss group, The next practice, Brain + Trust Partners, MODIFYx, Ring science, Arugula Sauce Media Labs, NextSec and CTO victory.
âI am proud to join such a strong team of experienced professionals from the private and public sectors at NextSec and within the Next Practices Group,â said Ray Kerins. âOrganizations are increasingly faced with sophisticated online and offline threats. These threats can and do have a significant impact on their reputation and business. With a strong combination of marketing, communications and digital media skills, along with a focus on physical, cyber and digital protection, NextSec is well positioned to protect and advance our partners.
Prior to taking on the role of CEO of NextSec, Kerins was Senior Vice President of General Affairs at Bayer (BAYRY). At Bayer, he managed all communications, government relations and policy for the company’s core businesses – agriculture, consumer and pharmaceuticals. He was a member of the US Country Leadership Team and the Bayer Global Leadership Council. Ray also oversaw the Bayer US Foundation and served as chairman of Bayer’s Political Action Committee. He was the executive sponsor of Bayer’s veteran employee resource group, BRAVE (Bayer Resources for Veterans and Armed Forces Employees). Prior to Bayer, Ray was Vice President of External Affairs and Global Communications for Pfizer Inc (NYSE: PFE). Prior to Pfizer, he was Executive Director of Public Affairs for Merck & Co (NYSE: MRK).
Kerins is a member of the executive committee of the board of directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce, as well as chairman of the chamber’s Global Innovation Property Center focused on promoting and protecting innovation and intellectual property rights. Ray sits on the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s business roundtable and is a board advisor to the Congressional Award, the only US Congressional charity focused on American youth. He is a long-time member of the National Press Foundation’s annual awards dinner committee and a member of the National Press Club.
Ray is a two-time recipient of the PRWeek MagazinePublic Relations Professional of the Year (2010 and 2016), and in 2015 was inducted into the PR News Hall of fame. Kerins was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Health Care in the United States” by Medical Marketing and Media Magazine in the years 2016-2019. He holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree from Iona College. He has also completed executive leadership training, notably at Harvard Business School.
About the next security group
Next Security Group (NextSec) is dedicated to public affairs and all forms of security. Cyber ââGuards USA, based in Memphis, is the leader in cybersecurity. Members of the NextSec team are based in New York, Memphis and Austin.
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