Paula Lovell founded national public relations and crisis communications firm Lovell Communications Inc. in 1988 following 10 years as a print and television journalist, producer and on-air talent. She spent more than 30 years in PR and crisis management and 25+ as president and CEO of her firm, working with clients throughout the U.S.
Lovell guided start-up companies, mature businesses and those going through IPOs. She is recognized for crisis communications strategies successfully impacting national companies, issues management and corporate reputation repair in the areas of corporate fraud and abuse, bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions, workforce reductions, natural disasters, product liability/malpractice and corporate executive felonies and misdemeanors. While dealing with national and international media, Lovell worked with national and state governing entities including the Department of Justice, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, The Joint Commission, and numerous state attorneys general and departments of health.
She has been a featured speaker for the American Marketing Association, the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), American Women in Radio and Television, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), various chambers of commerce, the Eastern and Southern Associations of College and University Business Officers, The Committee of 200 and the Business and Professional Women’s Association. Lovell was named the 1997 Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO and was honored as a finalist for the 1998 Executive of the Year in the Small Business Awards. She was also a nominee for the 2002 Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, winner of the Junior Achievement 2007 Spirit of Free Enterprise Award, winner of the Hercules Award from the Nashville chapter of PRSA and winner of IABC’s 2007 Career Communications Achievement Award. Lovell was also inducted into the YWCA Academy of Women of Achievement in 2015.
Lovell is a past Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, which covers the southeast region of the U.S. including branches in Jacksonville, Miami, Nashville, Birmingham and New Orleans. She served on the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta from 1998-2003, and on the board of the Nashville branch of the Fed from 1993-1998.
Lovell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, participates as a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and serves on numerous civic and corporate boards of directors including Averitt Express, Inc., Abe’s Garden and Nashville Public Radio.