Page Turner Blog

Avatar Image
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.

Jul 09

How Content Advances Purpose

Roger Bolton

An excellent analysis of content creation by Page member Alex Jutkowitz of Group SJR in a Harvard Business Review blog post includes this insightful comment: Content, it seems, has miraculously given brands a greater purpose.  Brands are no longer...

Read More »
Jul 08

Gender Questions for Female CEOs: Redux

Roger Bolton

Last week, I commented on the controversial interview of GM CEO Mary Barra by Matt Lauer on The Today Show, in which she was asked questions that are never asked of male CEOs about work-life balance issues. Over the weekend, I stumbled across this...

Read More »
Jun 30

Lauer-Barra: Should He Have Asked or Not?

Roger Bolton

I feel the same way The Today Show’s Matt Lauer must have when he said he was going to “tread lightly here” before he asked GM CEO Mary Barra a couple of controversial questions.  I hope to fare better than he did, but am wondering if I...

Read More »
1 INSIGHT
Jun 12

New Challenges Facing CCOs

Roger Bolton

More than a dozen Page members and guests held a discussion on Wednesday at the Financial Times in London, hosted by page member Darcy Keller, global director of communications of the Financial Times Group, and moderated by Andrew Hill, management...

Read More »
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...

Read More »
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...

Read More »