Our People

Karen Le Cannu

Managing Director
New York


Karen is a financial services specialist with over 16 years’ experience in agency, in-house and policy roles. Karen has won national PR awards for her crisis and capital markets work with international investors and has deep experience of advising business leaders on communications in complex situations.

Karen was most recently Head of External Communications for Global Banking at HSBC, one of the world’s biggest financial services firms. Karen previously ran the banks team at Powerscourt, a London headquartered PR agency, and worked with a wide range of financial services firms across capital markets, financial, corporate and crisis communications. Karen’s previous clients include: Bank of Ireland; Credit Suisse; Highbridge Capital Management; Perella Weinberg Partners, and; WL Ross & Co.

Karen started her career at the Bank of England where she represented the United Kingdom on the development of pan-European payment systems, led financial crisis preparedness work, and assisted with the management of the UK’s foreign exchange reserves.

Karen speaks fluent French and graduated from the University of Manchester with a degree in European Studies and Modern Languages.

Q & A

What are you most proud of in your career?
Helping to ensure that Ireland’s voice was heard during the financial crisis and that it received the credit it deserved for actions taken to stabilize the banking system.

Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
Growing up, I was the only girl to play for the local cricket team

How would your mother describe you?

What are your greatest strengths as a communications practitioner?
Tenacity and relationship building

What is your favorite food?

Describe your perfect client.
Clients that value communications, appreciate good work and are inspirational leaders

 What three hobbies or activities do you enjoy most?
Having fun with my kids, and time permitting, running and cycling

What’s your favorite part of the workday?
I really enjoy the start of the day discovering what news has broken overnight and thinking about its implications

Who would play you in the movie version of your life?
Jessica Chastain - in my dreams!

What is your favorite quote?
“If you don’t ask, you don’t get.”