Michael McManus is vice president, government and corporate affairs as well as stakeholder relations in North America for Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP). APP is one of the world’s largest, fully integrated pulp and paper manufacturers whose products are utilized by millions of people every day.
McManus is currently responsible for corporate communications, stakeholder engagement, internal and external messaging, public relations, corporate and government affairs and customer relationship strategy.
McManus joined APP from Sodexo, a global hospitality and facilities management company where he managed communications for North America. In his four years at Sodexo, McManus built and managed their internal and external digital media communication platforms, consulted corporate leadership on crisis mitigation/reputation enhancement and also created their North American customer service and response mechanisms for both the business end user and consumer.
McManus also spent 15 years as a journalist, including 12 years anchoring, reporting and producing at CNN, and several years as Washington Bureau Chief & White House correspondent at the News12 Networks and HDNews, the country’s first national high-definition television news network.
Over the course of his career, McManus covered countless major stories, including aviation, severe weather events, the Iraq war, the Israeli – Hezbollah conflict, the 9/11 attacks and the global financial economic crisis. McManus also covered politics for several years, heading out on the road to cover every U.S. election and inauguration between 1996 and 2009. His work also included extensive reporting from both the White House and Capitol Hill.
He was also one in a rare group of journalists who won an Emmy, an Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Award and an Edward R. Murrow award - three of the most distinguished honors one can attain in broadcast journalism.
McManus graduated with a BA in Communications from Marymount University, and earned his Masters in Strategic Public Relations at the George Washington University’s School of Political Management. He is married with two children and lives in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.