Led by seasoned technology marketing communications pros with decades of experience in PR, marketing communications and media, Gallagher PR has the knowledge, experience and creativity to craft winning communications programs for technology companies in all phases of development.

Senior PR Team Kevin Gallagher


Managing Partner

Kevin Gallagher founded Gallagher PR in 1992 and has more than 25 years of public relations and journalism experience. GPR has launched over 50 startups and successfully influenced over 30 mergers and acquisitions and seven IPOs, resulting in over $51 billion in market capitalization on behalf of its clients. GPR is comprised exclusively of Silicon Valley marketing veterans that work as an extension of its clients’ marketing team to provide value at the point of contact.

Previously, Kevin served in both global and Silicon Valley PR agencies and held senior PR management positions with Edelman, Nortel and Ingres Corporation.



Chief Strategist and Writer

Charlie Rubin has more than 30 years of experience in technology analysis, marketing communications, journalism and strategic public relations. Charlie has driven strategy and messaging programs for myriad GPR clients including AirFlow Networks, Allied Telesyn, Entrisphere, Kasenna, Mahi Networks, Peribit Networks, WildPackets, Ikanos Communications, Inkra Networks, Megisto Systems, Redback Networks, and Riverstone Networks.

Previously, he was a partner with Waterside Associates, where he did writing and strategic communications planning for Cisco Systems, Legato Systems, MIPS Computer Systems, Sun Microsystems, The Semiconductor Industry Association, and Visa International, among others. In addition to his work in PR, Charlie was an industry analyst for Internet Research Group (acquired by Jupiter Research). As an analyst, he was responsible for highly regarded multi-vendor reports in the areas of Internet traffic management, network caching, and global content distribution.

As a technology writer, author, and journalist, Charlie began his career as an associate editor of Personal Computing magazine, later wrote dozens of freelance articles for many technical and business publications (including InfoWorld, PC Week, Popular Science, Newsweek, UnixWorld, and The Wall Street Journal), and was nominated for a National Magazine Award. His technical marketing communications clients have included Apple Computer, Ashton-Tate, Cisco Systems, Compaq, HP, Intel, Lotus, Microsoft, and Xerox. In addition, Charlie has written 15 books about computer hardware, software, and Internet marketing for such publishers as Addison-Wesley, Houghton-Mifflin, Howard Sams, Microsoft Press, and Pearson Publishing.

Charlie holds BA (magna cum laude) and MA degrees in English from San Francisco State University.


Senior Writer
Director, Media/ Analyst Relations

Jean Deitz Sexton provides clients with a unique combination of journalism, marketing and Internet commerce experience. She has more than 20 years’ experience in online news services, marketing communications, strategic marketing, public information campaigns, media relations and analyst relations. Her professional experience includes both corporate management positions and outsourced agency and writing services.

As a marketing and media relations professional, Sexton has worked with a wide range of clients, providing technology launch services, repositioning, CEO communications and public information outreach. She has also served as director of research operations for the technology analyst firm RHK [acquired by Ovum] and was responsible for the quality editorial control of 50 analysts.

Sexton holds a B.A., magna cum laude from New York University, with a major in broadcast journalism. She has studied economics and marketing in the M.B.A. program at the University of Santa Clara and has also done graduate work at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Senior PR Team Jennifer Spoerri


Senior Account Director

Jennifer Spoerri specializes in emerging and disruptive technologies. She has a tremendous track record in media placements for such companies as Meta Vision (a pioneer in commercializing AR); AltspaceVR (a leader in social VR); Total Immersion, which went on to pioneer D’Fusion software enabling the fusion of reality and animation that came to be known as Augmented Reality in 2004, and Velodyne LiDAR (the sensor behind most autonomous vehicles). Other recent projects include technology start-ups and blue chip brands in big data, artificial intelligence, cloud computing and enterprise technology. Jennifer majored in Political Science and Russian at Grinnell College and has a degree in Political Science from San Francisco State.


Senior Account Executive

Priya Shah started her career as a TV producer has over nine years of experience in public relations, corporate communication, social media, and event management in the consumer, technology and B2B space. She has worked on PR campaigns for Reebok, El Pollo Loco, Starbucks, HireVue, The Marcus Buckingham Company, Sears, Litehouse Foods, News Republic, among others.

She has a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communication from New York University as well as a Master’s degree in English Literature and a Post Graduate Diploma in journalism.


Media Trainer

Nora Murray brings over 20 years of experience in public relations, advertising and journalism. Her diverse background includes agency and in-house public relations and advertising experience where she was instrumental in creating and maintaining brand awareness for a host of clients. Before entering the field of marketing communications, Nora was a TV news anchor and reporter for NBC and FOX. Based on these qualifications, Nora offers a unique perspective that allows her to forge strong ties with reporters and editors, while counseling clients on the potential success and pitfalls of campaigns. Nora holds a degree in journalism from The Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.


Senior Advisor – Media Relations

Erin Lumley has over 15 years of consumer and technology experience working on mobile, gaming, VR, social and app developer companies including Appcelerator, Glu Mobile, AltspaceVR, and Sidecar, as well as CRM/ERP experience with Ariba, Flexera, Hightail, Autodesk and Salesforce.com. She also has experience working in Australia and managing international PR campaigns. Erin manages accounts with a results-driven approach and works closely with clients in planning and strategy. Erin graduated from Chico State with a degree in journalism, and was certified in social media by University of San Francisco.



Senior Advisor

Paul Wiefels is a managing director and one of the founding partners of Chasm Group, a leading Silicon Valley management consultancy serving the global technology industry. Paul has worked with clients in virtually every sector of technology including information technology, consumer technology, biotechnology, medical devices, and technology-based services providing counsel to CEOs, CMOs, and senior management teams in North America, Europe and Asia.

Paul began his career in consumer marketing in both the packaged goods and financial services sector. He was recruited to Apple where he began his career in the technology sector serving in marketing management positions with Apple’s U.S. and international operations.

Prior to joining Chasm Group, he served as director of consulting for Landor Associates, a leading branding consultancy. Prior to Landor, he was worldwide director of product marketing for Ingres Corporation. Paul holds an MBA from USC’s Marshall School of Business. He has served as a faculty lecturer in the California State University system, and currently lectures at Pepperdine University. He serves on the advisory boards of Versalume, vArmour Networks and Revision Optics.


Senior Advisor – APAC

Michelle Suzuki has extensive experience in corporate communications, consumer marketing, social media marketing, crisis and reputation management, ethnic communications, public affairs, community relations and media relations. Her client list includes Mitsubishi Motors North America, Nissan Motor Company, Kirin Brewery of America, Clarion Corporation and Anheuser-Busch to name a few.

Michelle served as senior marketing manager for Clarion Sales Corporation, a Japanese car audio and electronics manufacturer where she led the company’s most successful single-product media tour generating nationwide coverage in both print and broadcast.

Michelle is an executive board member of the Nisei Week Foundation, advisor for Chi Omega National sorority UCLA chapter, Nisei Week Foundation past-president, member of the Japanese American Citizen’s League, Little Tokyo Historical Society, and the Little Tokyo Community Council. She graduated from UCLA with a BA in English and received the Chancellor’s Award for outstanding seniors.

James Cooper


Senior Advisor – EMEA

James Cooper has worked in B2B and technology PR for over 20 years. Based in the UK, and having been a PR Director for two US technology companies, his deep understanding of the challenges our clients face informs our work approach. An expert in European PR and Analyst Relations, James has delivered successful PR programs for organizations such as Microsoft, IBM, Hybris and McKinsey.


Senior Advisor – Investor Relations

Jane Underwood has 20+ years of senior management experience in the areas of Investor Relations and Public Relations. Proven ability to successfully direct and implement Investor Relations programs for a wide range of industries. Highly adept at establishing successful Investor Relations programs, communicating complex messages, managing the creation of communications materials, and counseling senior management. Dedicated, results-oriented leader. Awarded Best Investor Relations Officer and Best Overall Investor Relations Program by Investor Relations Magazine.



Strategic Services and Senior Writer

Roger Biery brings to GPR an uncommon ability to describe complex concepts and technology in a comprehensible and compelling way. He has over two decades of successful sales and marketing experience in the computer networking industry and specializes in writing contributed articles, white papers, case studies, strategic press releases and marketing collateral. Roger and Managing Partner Kevin Gallagher have worked together since 1992 when Roger was vice president of marketing at Luxcom, a privately held intelligent hub start-up and Gallagher client.

Roger began his career as a sales representative of distributed midrange computer systems for Hewlett-Packard. He left HP to become director of sales & marketing for Dataflow Systems, one of HP’s largest independent software vendors. He then worked for Ungermann-Bass as product line manager accountable for nearly one third of UB’s total revenue with system-level strategic planning responsibility for the entire Net/One family of products. From UB Roger went to Luxcom. Roger graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Cincinnati with a BSEE degree in Electrical Engineering.


Senior Strategist/ Power Electronics

Susan Arcady Barich has more than 25 years serving businesses in Silicon Valley, particularly in the areas of business communications, strategy and project development, including 19 years working with small and emerging companies. She was the founder and chair of the Monterey Bay Regional Business Plan Competition, and is the former director of communications and client services for the Silicon Valley World Internet Center.

Susan began her PR career in 1985 serving large corporate clients, especially in the area of translating technical data from engineering into easily-understood marketing and sales information. In 1993 she became the associate director of Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network’s environmental initiative, The Environmental Partnership, and joined the advisory board of The Environmental Business Cluster in San José, under the direction of Jim Robbins. Susan holds a B.A. in Journalism with Honors, Emphasis on Public Relations from San Jose State University.


Senior Strategist/ Power Electronics

Alan Barich brings to GPR more than 30 years of experience in development, commercialization and sales in power engineering and power electronics and conversion. Starting in the 1970s, Alan worked his way through the ranks of the Enterprise Engine Company, an engine-manufacturing division of both Transamerica Delaval and, later, IMO Industries, from field engineer to international sales and marketing to customer service to general manager of the division. Alan was recruited to create the TurboCare Division of IMO Industries from five former competitors servicing the after-market needs of turbo machinery worldwide. After successfully positioning TurbCare in the market, Alan worked with start-up companies in Silicon Valley. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo.


Senior Advisor

Sonia Taylor is a proactive and high adaptable communications expert with nearly 20 years of PR agency, corporate, consulting and news experience. She specializes in supporting B2B technology and professional services companies, from start-ups to global organizations.

Sonia started her career as a TV and print reporter. She excels at brand building through media relations, executive visibility, content marketing and thought leader events. Clients include Bechtel, Deloitte, ICF International, SpaceX, Siteworx, KPMG Corporate Finance, ZipRealty, Core Capital Partners and KPMG Corporate Finance, to name a few. She holds a master of arts in journalism, University of Maryland, and a bachelor of arts in English language and literature, Cum Laude, University of Maryland.



Senior Advisor

Fiona Hughes offers GPR over 25 years of strategic marketing communications experience. Her specialty is business press, though her experience runs the gamut from facilitating client press tours internationally, taking clients through IPOs, and launching companies and products. With an active role in client strategy, she manages international VIP events, plans news pipelines, and raises client visibility on a day-to-day basis by securing product reviews, speaker engagements, placing contributed articles and case studies.

By maintaining excellent media and analyst relations, Fiona has obtained coverage for clients in the Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Investor’s Business Daily, Time Magazine, 48 Hours, CNBC, The Economist, USA TODAY, Fortune, as well as trade publications such as InfoWorld, CIO Magazine and Network World. Originally from England, Fiona has international PR and sales experience, and has held posts within the diplomatic service for Britain and Australia.

Senior PR Team Kimberly Hathaway


Senior Advisor

Kimberly Hathaway has more than 20 years of technology, B2B and consumer public relations experience. Her broad PR background includes book publicity, event production, community relations and product launches, as well as managing accounts and media consulting for a wide variety of technology and Cleantech clients, including EnFlex, Sun Edison and The City Tour for Solar.

Kimberly is a board member of Sunburst Projects, Steering Committee member for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man & Woman of the Year and Gala Steering Committee member for the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation. She is a California native based in San Francisco and holds a marketing degree from Arizona State University.

e2e Materials CEO Pat Govang Speaks at the White House Business Council LSI CEO Abhi Talwalkar and Mad Money's Jim Cramer Discuss the 'Data Deluge' Envia Claims Breakthrough’ in Lithium-Ion Battery Cost and Energy Density ABC 7 KGO-TV  Cogswell College prepping new generation of animators Video Interview: Mike Hart of Sierra Energy talks about zero waste Envia Systems featured in BBC's 'Can brine power electric cars of the future?' E2e Materials CEO Patrick Govang, a green-tech innovator, shares his disruptive model Envia Systems' EV battery announcement on NBC-11 (KNTV) with Scott Budman, March 1, 2012 Energate CEO Niraj Bhargava discusses Getting on the Smart Grid on the Business News Network LSI Corp. CEO Abhi Talwalkar on why Flash storage technology is paving the way to future growth SAGE's Smart Green Glass is Showcased at California College EnOcean Self-Powering, Wireless Energy Sensors Join the Internet Portable Power at the Heart of Defibrillators Energate Launches Broadband Smart-Grid-to-Home Connection