BUSINESS NEWS: Lewis Communications names company’s first female CEO

Ellen Praytor Faulkner
Lewis Communications new CEO, Ellen Praytor Faulkner (Ellen Praytor Faulkner / Facebook)

There’s a new boss in town and her name is Ellen Praytor Faulkner—the first female ever to be named CEO of Lewis Communications. Read on to learn more. 

Why a new CEO?

Lewis Communications, a full-service marketing performance company, announced the acquisition of the firm from long-time CEO and owner Larry Norris on May 5. Norris, who served the company for over four decades will remain as chairman and strategic advisor to the new CEO Ellen Praytor Faulkner.  

During his time with Lewis, Norris led the firm’s expansion from Mobile to Birmingham and to Nashville and grew the company to include 130 associates who manage over $100 million in marketing investments annually.

“I’ve been fortunate to spend my entire career with Lewis, and I couldn’t be more proud of our team and the growth they’ve achieved for our clients and Lewis. But with growth and opportunity, comes change. And today, I’m pleased to announce our new ownership and transition plans.”

Larry Norris, Former CEO + Owner, Lewis Communications

About the new CEO, Ellen Praytor Faulkner 

Born and raised in Mobile, Faulkner began her career at Lewis more than 32 years ago in account service. She quickly rose up the ranks with her most recent position being senior vice president and managing director. 

During her time with the firm, she has helped shape the company’s business and made a powerful impact on its culture. 

Norris hand-picked his senior management successors who selected Faulkner as the fourth CEO in the firm’s history. Not only that, but she’s the first woman to serve the role!

As CEO, Faulkner will lead an eight-member shareholder group of senior managers from all three of the firm’s offices in Birmingham, Mobile and Nashville, Tennessee. 

“I’m profoundly honored to be named CEO. Collectively, these partners represent over 185 years at Lewis. We are a strong team and we are fully committed to expanding the legacy and success of our firm and clients.”

Ellen Praytor Faulkner, CEO, Lewis Communications

Congratulations to the new CEO and the Lewis Communications team!

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