Ernest DelBuono

Senior Vice President
Chair, Crisis Practice

Ernest DelBuono, who chairs Levick’s Crisis Practice, offers clients the benefits of more than 25 years’ experience as a crisis management professional, along with high-level skills, including issues management, crisis planning, crisis response, media relations and executive coaching.

Ernest advises companies in industries including agribusiness, food and beverage, hospitality, transportation, consumer products, finance, healthcare, defense and homeland security. High-profile crisis engagements in which he has worked include food and consumer product recalls, airline disasters, SUV rollovers, natural disasters, eco-terrorism, cruise ship safety, executive misconduct, environmental incidents and earnings restatements.

After the 9/11 attacks, Ernest was a first responder at Dulles Airport where he assisted American Airlines in setting up and managing the family assistance center, providing care to the loved ones of Flight 77 passengers killed at the Pentagon.

A retired Coast Guard commander, Ernest served as press assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and public affairs officer to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. He was a first responder to chemical spills, vessel groundings, marine collisions, fires and groundwater contamination incidents. He assisted in establishing the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center where he designed and implemented communications programs related to the controversial Oil Pollution Act of 1990.

Ernest also served as deputy director of the Federal Joint Information Center for Hurricane Andrew and was a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization in London. Currently, he is a member of ASIS International, serving on the Crisis Management & Business Continuity council.