Peter Faur, president of RightPoint Communications Inc., is a highly experienced public relations professional, an excellent writer and a versatile communicator. He has been on the front lines of controversies ranging from environmental spills and cleanups to industrial fatalities to allegations of animal abuse at marine theme parks.
Faur moved to Phoenix in late 2002 to head the communications staff of Phelps Dodge Corp., a copper-mining company acquired in 2007 by Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. As vice president-corporate communications, he was responsible for all the company’s internal and external communications programs.
Before joining Phelps Dodge, Faur’s 25-year career in St. Louis included positions at Southwestern Bell Corp., where he edited an award-winning employee magazine and served as the chairman’s speechwriter; Fleishman-Hillard, where, as a senior vice president, his major clients included Anheuser-Busch, Sea World, Illinois Power and Mallinckrodt Chemical Co.; and Mallinckrodt Inc., where he headed financial communications and served as the chairman’s speechwriter. Early in his career, he was a reporter and editor at the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
Faur holds a Gold Quill for excellence in magazine editing and a Silver Anvil as part of a team to combat federal excise tax increases on beer. He is accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Concordia University, Chicago; a master’s degree in journalism from Kansas State University; and master’s degrees in business administration and management from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. He also completed the Columbia University executive education program in marketing and the Harvard-MIT seminar on dealing with an angry public.
Faur served for 10 years on the board of trustees for the Phoenix Zoo. His novel, Red Metal, is available on Amazon.
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