Peter Lucht is a senior communications leader with extensive experience leading high-performance teams, positioning global corporations, supporting C-suites and managing communications around highly complex crises and strategic transactions. In more than 20 years supporting multiple Fortune 500 brands in the financial services, healthcare and technology industries, Peter has built a strong track record helping advance corporate strategies and reputations through integrated strategic communications programs built around powerful unified narratives.
Peter currently is Senior Vice President-Head of Media Relations and CEO Communications at Citizens Financial Group. A member of the company’s Executive Leadership Group, he leads media relations, executive visibility, thought leadership initiatives, and crisis response programs, as well as initiatives to highlight the company’s progress and commitment in the area of corporate social responsibility.
Prior to Citizens, Peter was Vice President, Corporate Communications for Covidien, a global medical device manufacturer now part of Medtronic, where he led all aspects of the company’s external and executive communications, financial communications, thought leadership and social media programs.
Other roles held by Peter include Director, Global Corporate & Executive Communications for Boston Scientific, a global medical technology leader; and Executive Director, Global Public Relations for Verizon Enterprise Solutions, a worldwide provider of information technology solutions.
Before joining Verizon, Peter was Director of Corporate Communications for MCI, Inc. That role included playing a leading role on the crisis team supporting the WorldCom financial restructuring, at that time the largest-ever corporate bankruptcy, as well as competitor efforts to force the company into liquidation and MCI’s subsequent acquisition by Verizon.
Peter holds a Master of Arts in Public Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Peter retired from the Army National Guard after a 22-year career as an infantry officer, most recently holding the rank of Major and serving as Deputy Director of Public Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Other positions held include Brigade Operations Officer, Light Infantry Company Commander and Rifle Platoon Leader.