2015 Rising PR stars (corporation and association): Bradley Akubuiro, Communications Program Manager, Pratt & Whitney

At only 24, Bradley Akubuiro joined jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney (P&W) as deputy communications leader for its $4 billion global military engine business. P&W – a $14.6 billion company and part of United Technologies Corporation, a $65.1 billion Fortune 50 conglomerate – produces the engine which powers the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, America's most technologically advanced jet fighter.

Since joining P&W, Akubuiro has developed and led inventive campaigns, crisis responses and initiatives to promote the company’s military business, including the high-profile F-35 program, both internally to employees and externally to win public and legislative support.

He is developing a new communications initiative to position Pratt & Whitney as an innovative thought leader and top source for best practices in defense contracting to ensure P&W’s military engines are the first choice now and in the future.

Before working for P&W, Akubuiro was a Managing Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led change management and strategic communications initiatives for federal health sector clients such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Military Health System, and others. Promoted twice in two years, he achieved Associate/Managing Consultant rank at age 24, placing him amongst the youngest at that level in the 26,000-employee firm.