Philip Ballard is the Chief Communications Officer & Head of Investor Relations for HotelPlanner, a leading travel technology company and hotel booking engine based in West Palm Beach, FL. Reporting directly to the Co-Founder & CEO, Ballard oversees all corporate communications, public relations, investor relations, local government & community relations, and manages all related outside agency support.
Ballard began his career as an active-duty Surface Warfare Officer in the U.S. Navy from 2000-2004, then served as a security advisor and instructor to the Missile Defense Agency, and then as a strategy and policy consultant to the Chief of Naval Operations staff in the Pentagon where he possessed a Top Secret clearance. He later served as speechwriter for the Navy Surgeon General, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and the Department of Veterans
On the corporate side, Ballard has supported C-suite executives across nearly every vertical, geography, and industry, where he developed deep experience communicating enterprise-wide business transformations and cultural change initiatives at some of the largest companies in the U.S., including L-3 Harris Technologies, Booz Allen Hamilton, The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), PepsiCo, Ameriprise Financial, and Raytheon Technologies. He has also spent the last six years consulting for the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the world's largest trade association for the rapidly growing blockchain industry. Ballard has a Bachelor’s degree in Government from Cornell University; a master’s degree in strategic security studies & counter-terrorism from the National Defense University; and an MBA from the Pamplin School of Business at Virginia Tech.