“I love helping employees make sense out of the place they come to work every day. The easier it is for people to get the information they need and take necessary actions, the quicker they can return confidently to their primary work.”
Phil brings a unique perspective to Benz after more than 20 years of leading internal communication teams for Gap, Clorox, and Visa. Often brought in as the “communications guy” on a project, Phil has a knack for surprising his clients by asking questions that get them to think about whether there’s a better way to do something, not just a different way to talk about it.
During his career, Phil has led teams and assumed responsibility for a wide variety of communication challenges, including: helping leaders align employees around strategy; rolling out new programs; managing change; handling mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures; and responding to crises. He has broad experience communicating about initiatives from every HR discipline, from benefits and performance management, to compensation, recognition, and talent development. He has guided teams through the introduction of new types of medical plans, the reshaping of retirement benefits, and the complete overhaul of a total rewards portfolio. Through it all, he’s earned a reputation for taking in copious amounts of information, distilling it, and then summarizing the most relevant points for different stakeholders.
A supportive partner, Phil helps his clients achieve success by prioritizing what’s most important to communicate based on the behaviors and business outcomes they want to drive. Former team members still routinely ask, “What would Phil do?” when wrestling with a communication challenge.
A native of Michigan, Phil moved to the Bay Area by way of Chicago, happily trading snowy winters for sailing, walking or biking local trails, and visiting area wineries. Outside of work, he enjoys pizza night Fridays and local concerts in the park with his wife and infant son.
Phil earned his B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame.