Charlene Wheeless
Charlene Wheeless

Charlene Wheeless, most recently VP-global corporate affairs at Bechtel Corp., is now senior advisor for equity and justice issues at independent firm APCO Worldwide.

She will advise APCO and its clients on equity, justice, diversity and inclusion issues. Wheeless also will counsel clients on purpose, crisis management, internal communications and organizational change.

“Finding ways to address racial and systemic inequalities must be an integral part of every company’s corporate strategy,” said Margery Kraus, APCO founder/executive chairman. “Now is the time to act, and Charlene bolsters an already-strong group of experts at APCO dedicated to helping organizations seize this moment and make meaningful change.”

At Bechtel, Wheeless handled worldwide communications, issues, reputation management, sustainability and PA.

Before joining the engineering giant, she was VP-communications at Raytheon’s intelligence & information systems unit, senior VP global communications & marketing at American Management Systems and VP-communications at DynCorp.

Wheeless, who joined APCO’s international advisory council in August, chairs the Arthur W. Page Society.

APCO is No. 3 on O’Dwyer’s rankings of PR firms with 2019 fees of $142.3M.