Retired Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Staff to the CEO, Aurora Health Care
Mike serves as Chief Communications Officer and Chief of Staff to the CEO at Aurora Health Care, Wisconsin’s largest health care system. Mike has served in this role since rejoining Aurora in 2009. He has an extensive background in corporate communications, public affairs, community relations and marketing communications.
At Aurora, Mike is responsible for reputation management, media relations, marketing and advertising, employee communications, web/digital and social media, stakeholder relations as well as the Chief of Staff to CEO, Nick Turkal, MD. This includes strategic planning for Aurora.
Before rejoining Aurora, Mike served as Vice President-Communications and primary spokesperson for Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines for two years prior to its sale by TPG Capital to Republic Airlines. At Midwest, Mike managed all media relations, employee communications, government affairs and community outreach. He served for two years as Director of Communications for the Metro and Kettle Moraine regions of Aurora Health Care.
He served for 13 years in various communications and corporate affairs positions with Miller Brewing Company, including Director of Corporate Communications and Director of Public Affairs, where he served as spokesperson and led all corporate media relations, employee communications, web communications, speechwriting, corporate philanthropy and community relations and visitor/tour operations. His experience at Miller included crisis management as well as the development of several award-winning public service initiatives.
He has also worked in several advertising agencies and public relations firms, state government and served as a political campaign consultant.
Mike is on the Board of Visitors for the School of Journalism at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and serves on the board of directors for Penfield Children’s Center. He and his wife Debra, a senior manager with a major apparel manufacturer/retailer, live in Wauwatosa, WI. They are proud alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Their daughter is also a recent alumna.