Ernest DelBuono

Ernest DelBuono, Crisis Management Expert

Ernest DelBuono has more than 25 years’ experience as a crisis management professional, including crisis planning, response, crisis communications, litigation communications and media coaching. These high-profile crisis engagements involved drilling incidents, airline disasters, SUV rollovers, product recalls, natural disasters, eco-terrorism, cruise ship safety, executive misconduct, environmental incidents, and earnings restatements.

Mr. DelBuono has worked in transportation, energy, petrochemical, consumer products, finance, healthcare, hospitality, cruise lines, food and beverage, defense, homeland security, and many other industries.

During his consulting career, Mr. DelBuono has worked at a number of prestigious consulting firms including: Rowan & Blewitt, as a senior vice president; Levick Strategic Communications as a senior vice president and chair of the crisis practice; and as managing director of Control Risks’ North American crisis and resiliency practice.

Mr. DelBuono has designed, developed and coordinated many exercises including global exercises spanning several continents over a multi-day time frame. He has facilitated dozens of tabletop and scenario-based discussions for C Suite executives of the Fortune 500.

A retired Coast Guard commander, Mr. DelBuono served as press assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard and public affairs officer to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator during the Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup. He was a first responder to chemical spills, vessel groundings, marine collisions, fires, and groundwater contamination incidents. He assisted in establishing the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center where he designed and implemented communications programs related to the controversial Oil Pollution Act of 1990. DelBuono was also a member of the United States delegation to the International Maritime Organization in London.