Reputation Partners
Reputation Partners


Nick Kalm
Founder and CEO

Over the past 30+ years, Nick has worked with hundreds of leading corporations, non-profits and academic organizations and their leadership teams to enhance, protect and restore their reputations. With a hybrid background that includes leadership roles at multinational corporations and public relations agencies, Nick helps clients address their most pressing opportunities and challenges.  In his role as CEO of Reputation Partners, Nick oversees the strategic direction of the firm, leads the firm’s business development efforts and serves as senior client counsel to a number of clients.


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Joined RP

Previous Experience:

  • Executive Vice President/General Manager, Midwest U.S. Reputation Management Practice & Global Sector Lead, Employee Engagement, Edelman
  • Director, Public Relations, FMC Corporation
  • Senior Vice President, Ketchum Public Relations
  • Director, Public Affairs, Agricultural Products Group, American Cyanamid Company
  • Senior Manager, Public Affairs, Ciba-Geigy Corporation


  • A.B. (Bachelor of Arts), Kenyon College
  • Program in American Government, American University

Boards and Affiliations:

  • Vice Chair, Board of Directors, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation
  • Economic Club of Chicago
  • Executives’ Club of Chicago
  • Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Counselors’ Academy

What’s your favorite part of your job?
There are many parts of my job I love, but among them include: delivering (or seeing my colleagues deliver) a great result for a client, winning a piece of new business, or promoting a deserving colleague.

If you could have dinner with a famous person (past or present) who would it be and why?
Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.  He overcame a number of personal challenges and limitations to lead our country during its most wrenching period.  What makes it even more extraordinary is that he did so without ever losing his humanity, humor or humility.

What’s something people are always surprised to find out about you?
Maybe it’s the lack of accent, but the fact that I grew up and spent my early adult life living in and around New York City.

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