Ken Koprowski, Strategic Communications Professional and Educator Passes Away

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Ken Koprowski, Strategic Communications Professional and Educator Passes AwayKenneth M. Koprowski, age 69, of Stamford, Connecticut, passed away on Friday, September 7th after a long battle with cancer. Ken, a distinguished corporate public relations executive, communications consultant, writer, poet and educator, was best defined as a giving teacher, guiding mentor, selfless volunteer, devoted husband and wonderfully loving father. He was long a leader in the public relations professional community in the Stamford-Westchester (New York) area and led a team of PR volunteers who helped Stamford set national and world records for training citizens to perform CPR.  For the past 40 years, he lived and worked in New York, southwestern Connecticut and southern Vermont, building an enviable career in public relations. 

Ken was a communications leader at GE Energy Financial Services from its inception in early 2004 through 2009, and prior to that headed communications for GE Structured Finance for six years, managing all aspects of internal and external communications. He also served as a GE crisis manager for three years.

Before GE, he was a communication consultant and managing director with River Communications, a financial public relations firm, providing strategic advisory services to major corporate clients including American Express and Wells Fargo. Prior to that, Ken led U.S. marketing communications for Price Waterhouse, U.S., was a lead communicator for Primerica Corporation/American Can Company (now Citigroup), and held communications management positions with Texaco, PepsiCo, International Paper, and United Parcel Service. 

Most recently, Ken taught advanced public relations writing and a range of public relations subjects in the master’s programs at New York University, Iona College and Manhattanville College. In addition, he taught crisis communication and reputation management – courses he designed – in the MBA program and business communications at UConn Stamford. His students valued his “real world” experience which he used to illustrate best practices. 

A memorial service for Mr. Koprowski will be held on Saturday, September 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 1101 Bedford Street, Stamford Ct 06905. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to DomusKids, 83 Lockwood Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 or the Family Centers, 40 Arch Street, Greenwich CT 06830 in Ken’s name.

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