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Lynn’s Bio

Lynn Christiansen Esquer is an expert practitioner in advertising, marketing and public relations, and a former newspaper journalist and editor. Her more than 20 years of experience include her recent role at The Open Group, the world’s leading IT standards organization, as the Marketing Communications Director. At The Open Group, she marketed globally recognized brands such as UNIX and TOGAF, promoted the profession of enterprise architecture, and directed attention to vendor-neutral standards in the areas of security and Cloud. In keeping with The Open Group’s goal of raising awareness of the importance of standards in the IT industry, she has been instrumental in making The Open Group a better known standards organization.

Previously, Lynn’s experienced included her work at Peppercom San Francisco, where she handled accounts for Yahoo! and Wilbur-Ellis Co and established the MarCom division; and her executive role at marketing agency Shennum Green, Inc., where she handled special projects, particularly in the interactive division. At Shennum Green, she also directed accounts such as KB Home, Sunsweet, Hexcel Corp., Prudential California Realty, The Transamerica Pyramid, Shea Homes, Cost Plus and the California Symphony.

Earlier, she served as Vice President of Account Services at e-agency, Inc., where she also served as account director for AT&T Broadband — the agency’s then-largest client and one she herself landed — and for Charter Communications, another cable company. At e-agency, Lynn also managed public relations for Oakland International Airport, the Alameda County Transportation Authority, and several other clients.

Prior to agency work, Lynn was a reporter and editor at The Contra Costa Times, The Oakland Tribune, and other newspapers in the Bay Area and Los Angeles regions. In 1995, Lynn founded the Central Coast Press Club to provide media support and continuing education for both television and print journalists, and public relations professionals, in the Monterey County/Santa Cruz County region. She has taught high school-level and college journalism and until recently remained active in the field as a professional mentor for San Francisco State University’s School of Journalism.

She has received recognition and awards for her work from several media organizations throughout the state, and for her work in advertising and the web. Websites she has managed have in fact won two International Summit Awards (silver and bronze) for Consumer Product Website and for Consumer Image Website, respectively; and two Addy Awards, among others.

Lynn studied print journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications, with a minor at USC’s School of Cinema-Television. She’s married to her amazing and gorgeous husband Eric and loves her two kids, ages 10 and 4, to pieces.

To view her LinkedIn resume and testimonials, please visit www.linkedin.com/in/lynnchristiansenesquer

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