Ron Hartwig served as Vice President of Communications for the J. Paul Getty Trust from 2005 until his retirement in July 2018. At the Getty he was responsible for marketing, advertising, media relations, market research and web communications.
Hartwig joined the Getty after 23 years with Hill and Knowlton, where he held numerous positions, including founding director of the firm’s Japanese Business Division, General Manager, H&K Los Angeles, and Chairman, H&K’s Western Operations. Hartwig’s area of specialty is corporate relations and crisis communications. Ron began his career with General Motors Corporation in 1968, and moved to California when he was named Western Regional Manager for GM Corporate Communications in 1978.
Hartwig took a one year leave from GM in 1980 to serve as Director of Public Affairs and Counselor to the Secretary of the US Department of Commerce during the final year of the Carter Administration, and in 2001, he took another leave to serve as CEO of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan’s primary campaign for Governor of California.
Ron, who is a graduate of the University of Michigan, is a member of the Public Relations Seminar, the Board of Advisors, University of Michigan Spectrum Center, Honorary Board Member, Japan America Society, and is on the Board of the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.
Ron Hartwig will speak at the Museum Marketing Summit in Los Angeles in February 2019.