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Roger Bolton
  • President
  • Arthur W. Page Society

Specialization(s):

Brand Management, Crisis Management, Employee Communications/Internal Relations, Government Relations/Public Affairs, Integrated Marketing Communications, Issues Management, Media Relations, Reputation Management, Social Responsibility

Roger Bolton is the president of the Arthur W. Page Society, the premier professional association for senior corporate communications executives. Members include the chief communications officers of the world’s major corporations, the CEOs of the most influential public relations agencies and leading academics from select business and communications schools.

Bolton is also a trustee and a past chairman of the Page Society. He has co-chaired the Thought Leadership Committee, which is working to help global companies build trust in a rapidly changing global operating environment. He has been named one of the Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior by Trust Across America, a program of Next Decade, Inc.

Previously, he served as senior vice president of communications at Aetna, a $35 billion provider of health care benefits, with responsibility for all internal and external communications, advertising, brand management and corporate public involvement. He also chaired Aetna’s Council for Organizational Effectiveness – a group of senior executives responsible for helping the company achieve high performance through culture change – and served on the board of the Aetna Foundation.

Before Aetna, Bolton was IBM’s director of corporate media relations and director of communications for the IBM server and software groups.

Prior to his business career, Bolton served as assistant secretary of the Treasury for public affairs under President George H.W. Bush, assistant U.S. trade representative for public affairs in the Executive Office of the President under President Reagan, and special assistant to President Reagan in the White House, with responsibility for the president’s relations with business and labor. He is a recipient of the U.S. Treasury Distinguished Service Award.

Bolton is a member of the board of the Josephson Institute of Ethics and of advisory boards of the Yale Center for Faith & Culture, the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication at Penn State University, and the Baruch College MA in Corporate Communication Program. He is a deacon of the Congregational Church of New Canaan, Connecticut.

Apr 02

Another Koten Legacy – Used Daily by Billions

Roger Bolton

At the Arthur W. Page Society, we remember Jack Koten, who passed away several months ago, as a dear friend, an inspirational leader and the first president of Page. His dedication to the profession and commitment to integrity in business are...

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Jul 19

On Transparency in the Digital Age

Roger Bolton

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman has become a bit of a media star in the wake of the Asiana Airlines crash at SFO last week.  Her press conferences, held early and often, on preliminary NTSB findings have drawn huge followings – 31,000 views of one...

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Jul 15

Compelling Content Can Be a Foundation for Meaningful Relationships

Roger Bolton

Until recently, enterprises wishing to create compelling messages that would be received directly by customers and other stakeholders (without being filtered through the editorial lens of mainstream media) were largely limited to relying on paid...

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Dec 05

Tell the Truth

Roger Bolton

The first Page Principle is “Tell the truth.”  Simple, right?  Of course, it’s not simple.  Or easy. Without making any political judgments or casting aspersions on anyone involved in the episode, the Wall Street Journal report on...

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Aug 27

The Conscience of the Company

Roger Bolton

London Evening Standard columnist Anthony Hilton, writing in PRWeek UK, suggests that corporate attorneys no longer play the role of conscience of the organization, too often espousing a compliance mentality that enables companies to adhere...

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Apr 30

Needed to Break Stalemate? Leadership, Not Rules Changes

Roger Bolton

The Page Society’s report on public trust in business, published in partnership with the Business Roundtable Institute for Corporate Ethics, postulates that there are three core dynamics of trust – trust safeguards, balance of power and...

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