Financial Communications Professional
Zach Kouwe is a financial public relations executive at Dukas Linden Public Relations in New York. He provides strategic communications and media relations counsel to hedge funds, private equity firms, activist investors, exchange-traded funds, asset managers and other financial services companies. He is a former journalist, having worked as a staff reporter for The New York Times, The New York Post, Dow Jones Newswires, Institutional Investor and The Denver Post.
In addition to corporate communications and message development, Mr. Kouwe has a specific expertise in advising high-profile clients during crisis and sensitive situations. He has written and helped develop white papers, bylined articles and Op-Eds, Congressional testimony, web content and speeches. He also implements social media campaigns and consults on search engine optimization (SEO).
Prior to public relations, Mr. Kouwe served as a researcher for Joe Nocera and Bethany McLean (Vanity Fair Contributing Editor) on their best-selling book, "All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis." (Published in Nov. 2010) He also conducted fact-checking and research for "Debt, Deficits and the Demise of the American Economy," a book by Peter J. Tanous and CNBC.com writer Jeff Cox, which was published in the Spring of 2011.
Mr. Kouwe began his journalism career in 2000 as a reporter for Wall Street Letter, a financial newsletter then-published by Institutional Investor. In 2002, he edited Institutional Investor's Spring ETF Report, a publication on the then-burgeoning market for exchange-traded funds (ETFs).
He joined The Times in 2008 as a reporter for the popular DealBook blog. At The Times, he wrote, co-wrote or contributed to more than 1,600 articles and blog posts. Before the The Times, Mr. Kouwe authored 969 articles for the New York Post's business section as the paper's chief mergers & acquisitions and private equity reporter. He gained the attention of the financial journalism community by being the first to report that then New York Stock Exchange CEO John Thain had been named as the new head of Merrill Lynch, just as the Financial Crisis was taking hold. In 2008, Business Insider named Mr. Kouwe as #62 on the Silicon Alley 100 list of most influential people in New York tech, for his reporting on Microsoft's failed takeover of Yahoo!
Mr. Kouwe was part of a team of reporters at The Times named as finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award for their reporting on the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme in 2009 and was one of the paper's lead reporters covering the massive insider trading case centered on the Galleon Group hedge fund and its founder, Raj Rajaratnam. He has also written for the financial blog, DealBreaker.
He serves on the Board of Governors of the New York Financial Writers Association, is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Music School and holds a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College and an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he was the recipient of the Gerald C. Bean Memorial Scholarship Award in 2003.
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