Sonya Soutus

Sonya Soutus

Senior Managing Director

Sonya Soutus brings over 25 years of experience to her role as Senior Managing Director with Teneo Strategy. Her career includes leading communications, public affairs, government relations, brand communications, M&A communications, investor relations and corporate social responsibility strategies for multinational corporations, as well as building and restructuring teams to meet the changing demands of those corporations.

Prior to joining Teneo, Ms. Soutus was Senior Vice President and Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer for The Nature’s Bounty Company. There, she led a team that supported the organization through a number of business-critical situations, including: acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, a rebranding and name change of the company and, ultimately, the sale of that company to private equity. As part of this effort, Ms. Soutus built out the internal brand communications program and established an in-house government relations function. She also spearheaded efforts to receive state funds tied to job growth.

Immediately prior to her tenure at Nature’s Bounty, Ms. Soutus served as Senior Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola North America. In that role, she oversaw corporate communications for the business unit, as well as media relations, brand communications, government relations, community relations, corporate social responsibility and corporate giving. During her 20-year career with The Coca-Cola Company, Sonya held roles of increasing responsibility and worked globally, managing critical issues in several countries, including: the USA, India, Ukraine, Russia, Poland, China, Canada and throughout Western Europe.

Before joining The Coca-Cola Company, Ms. Soutus was Group Director with Burson-Marsteller in Ukraine, where she led public education programs for USAID and later helped establish the agency’s first commercial office in that country. Immediately prior to joining Burson-Martseller, Ms. Soutus served as Press Secretary to the Cardinal Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in Rome and Ukraine. She also worked at KDKA-TV in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Ms. Soutus is a graduate of Duquesne University where she earned a degree in journalism and English.