For our CEO clients, it is rare to find a confidential coach/advisor with in-depth energy industry expertise, Board room experience and a prominent profile in the public policy world. Merribel Ayres has filled that role for several CEO’s and their leadership teams, drawing from the breadth of her background in all these areas.
She helps these clients navigate relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, design and deploy communication campaigns, integrate business operations with government affairs/regulatory initiatives, and manage internal conflicts over competing business and policy goals.
One of her CEO electric sector clients calls her his “Consigliere, a coach who understands corporate strategy!” Another tells his senior staff to take advantage of her expertise as a “working Board member.”
In addition, Ms. Ayres’ knowledge at federal/state political matters, combined with in-depth experience in communications and stakeholder management, enables her to provide a critical perspective for Corporate Boards, both as an adviser and Director. Her Board service has focused on political risk management, corporate strategy, external affairs and sustainability strategies.
Having worked in the energy sector for 25 years, Ms. Ayres can also support clients by identifying and pursuing prospective commercial opportunities and partnerships, particularly at the most senior levels of the energy organizations. Her experience with entities on virtually every side of the technology equation enables her to assist clients with creative pairings of business interests.
Similarly, over the years Lighthouse has developed an expertise in assisting clients with Organizational Alignment challenges, through a tool called the Government/External Affairs Assessment (GAA). The Assessment helps clients align competing and conflicting priorities across business units or regional global perspectives. Most importantly, it turns turf battles into teamwork!