Matt Barkett

Chief Client Officer

Matt Barkett – Chief Client Officer

Matt Barkett provides cool-headed strategic counsel to clients during some of the most defining moments in their history. He specializes in corporate representation in a wide variety of industries, most prominently in aerospace, mining/energy and manufacturing. Matt also counsels senior managers in many industries through labor union issues and major transactions, including bankruptcy, M&A and downsizing events.

Matt draws on more than 25 years of broad-based experience in senior corporate communications, PR agency and journalism roles when counseling clients from the boardroom to the plant floor or accident scene.Under Matt’s leadership, Dix & Eaton’s crisis practice has been pre-approved by several major insurance companies to advise senior management on large crises.

A Cleveland native, Matt holds an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Colorado and is active in support of Providence House, a crisis nursery, as well as the Boy Scouts of America.

Specializes in:

  • Crisis situations
  • Litigation PR
  • Reputation management

Selected engagements and background:

  • Upper Big Branch mine explosion, Massey Energy
  • NTSB investigation of Pacific Gas & Electric pipeline explosion in San Bruno, California
  • Crashes of Colgan Air Flight 3407 and Pinnacle Airlines Flight 3701
  • Bankruptcy and mechanics strike, Northwest Airlines
  • $1.4 billion acquisition of AirTran Airways, Southwest Airlines
  • $50 billion merger of Qwest Communications and US WEST
  • Sago Mine accident in West Virginia, International Coal Group
  • $16 billion acquisition of Imperial Chemical Industries by AkzoNobel

Recent Posts from Matt

Take the long way home

By now, we are all accustomed to hearing ridiculous stories about bad customer service from airlines, ranging from problems transporting animals to even more jaw-dropping…

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NBC gets the scoop – on itself

One of the key questions any organization has to ask itself when facing a high profile crisis that is about to go public is, “Do we proactively disclose it and get our side…

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