Livewire Names Former McDonald’s Global Director and Communications Entrepreneur Michon Ellis Managing Director of Chicago Operations

TORONTO & CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Livewire, a change communications agency based in Toronto and Chicago, specializing in leadership and employee communications, today announced the appointment of veteran communicator, Michon Ellis, as lead of its Chicago business.

An industry leader of more than 20 years, Ellis brings a wealth of corporate communications, public relations and DE&I experience in a variety of business sectors including finance, healthcare, beauty, hospitality and food/beverage. In his new role at Livewire, he will oversee client partnerships, leadership of the Chicago team, agency profitability and overall organizational growth.

“I am excited to welcome Michon to Livewire,” said CEO, Mark Attard. “He has extensive experience and success as a strategic communicator. He has worked in various industries and has been on both the client and agency side of the relationship. He is someone who has the respect and admiration of the people he works with Our clients in the US, our growing Chicago-based team, and our agency as a whole will greatly benefit from his leadership.

For nearly 30 years, Livewire has guided senior leaders at Fortune 1000-sized organizations on how to become effective communicators to better inform, engage and inspire their employees. The agency believes that individuals crave connection and a sense of purpose not only in their personal lives, but also at work, and that communication is essential to fulfilling these needs. Strategic employee communication has the power to rally teams toward organizational goals and foster an inclusive culture. However, not all businesses have the capacity, expertise and skills to deliver this to their people and clients appreciate the external perspective that Livewire brings.

Prior to assuming a leadership role at Livewire, Ellis founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of several public relations agencies and corporate communications consultants. His client partners have included McDonald’s, Discover Financial Services, Johnson & Johnson, Beam Suntory and Hub International.

“Employee communication in the past was often overlooked and undervalued. However, with today’s business climate, many business leaders rely on Livewire to help them understand that effective employee communication has a direct correlation to employee engagement and performance,” said Ellis. “Livewire is recognized as a leader in this specialized discipline of change communication. Before I joined the company, I was impressed by the caliber of strategic and creative work. Now, as the new head of the Chicago business, it is my goal to more companies to help their employees enhance their experience with what this amazing team can do.

Prior to his eight-year tenure with McDonald’s, Michon held executive positions at multiple levels for some of the nation’s leading marketing and communications agencies, including Edelman, Porter Novelli and Ketchum Communications. While on the agency side, he developed strategies and led the execution of numerous national marketing programs and public relations campaigns for a diverse list of clients ranging from health care, consumer goods, philanthropy and quick service restaurants. Among them were: State Farm, Schering-Plough, Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods, Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities and Wendy’s International.

Michon is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition from leading industry organizations such as the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), Telly, Aegis, MarComm and Event Marketer Magazine. He was named “Advertising Executive of the Year” by Target Market News as well as “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the National Black Public Relations Society.

A former Division I football player, Michon earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in communications (journalism) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.


Livewire is the indispensable change communication partner for Fortune 1000 companies. Our unique integration of strategy, creativity and activation ensures that employees see the opportunity on the other side of change.

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