Ted Birkhahn is President and Co-founder of Hot Paper Lantern (HPL). His firm, which won the 2020 PRovoke Media New Agency of the Year, helps global brands and business leaders protect, shape and grow their relevance and reputation. He's also the President of HPL Cyber, the firm's practice area servicing cybersecurity clients.

Ted’s passion and expertise in reputation management is built on an approach that integrates strategy, content and technology to enable clients to respond swiftly to market shifts and industry trends. His expertise in reputation management, crisis communications and growth marketing runs deep with more than two decades of experience counseling some of the world’s largest brands, including EY, Frontier Communications, PVH Corp., GE, Steelcase, and Saint-Gobain, to name a few.

Prior to HPL, Ted spent 19 years at Peppercomm, where he oversaw the growth and development of the firm from a start-up public relations outfit to an international firm serving global clients. During his time at Peppercomm, Ted rose through the ranks ultimately serving as agency President.

Before joining agency life, Ted was Press Secretary for the New York City Department of Buildings. He also worked in New York City as a field reporter for WOR-AM radio and an assistant producer for 1010 WINS radio.

Giving back to the profession and global community is also a big part of Ted’s life. He is a proud board member of several leading organizations – including College of Charleston’s Department of Communication Advisory Council, Hands Up for Haiti, and Shames JCC on the Hudson in Tarrytown, NY. He also volunteers his time and expertise to YVote, a non-profit organization that helps young people understand the importance of voting and participating in elections.


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    Co-Founder & President