About Timothy Coombs:
W. Timothy Coombs (PhD Purdue University) is a former university professor and currently is on the Advisory Board for the Centre for Crisis & Risk Communications and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. Dr. Coombs has been researching crisis communication for the past 30 years and develop the situational crisis communication theory. His crisis communication research has won multiple awards from professional organizations including the Jackson, Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Science Prize from the Public Relations Society of America, the Pathfinder Award from the Institute of Public Relations in recognition of his research contributions to the field and to the practice. His books include the award-winning book Ongoing Crisis Communication, coediting the Handbook of Crisis Communication (first and second editions), and co-writing Communicating in Extreme Crises: Lessons from the Edge. Dr. Coombs has conducted crisis training for government agencies, corporations, and non-profits in the US, Europe, and Asia.