Financial Communications Professional
Zach Kouwe is an Executive Vice President at Dukas Linden Public Relations in New York where he manages a team of 12 professionals and co-heads the Alternative and Institutional Asset Management Practice.
Zach provides strategic communications and media relations counsel to CEO's, Founders and other executives across the financial services industry including Venture Capital, Private Equity and Hedge Funds. He was listed as #5 in MuckRack's Top 15 Financial PR Leaders to Follow on Twitter in 2022.
Prior to joining DLPR, Zach was a financial 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, Zach 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). Zach has also helped develop specialized public relations strategies that help clients achieve their objectives in controversial and tense situations.
Prior to his role as a communications advisor, Zach was a distinguished financial journalist having begun 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).
At The Times, Zach wrote, co-wrote or contributed to more than 1,600 articles and blog posts. Before the The Times, he 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 Zach 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!
Zach 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 has served on the Board of Governors of the New York Financial Writers Association since 2018 and is a Trustee of the Brooklyn Music School. Zach 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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