Jim Hughes

Chief Executive Officer at TrailRunner International

Jim draws on more than 20 years of experience in journalism and corporate communications to advise clients on financial communications, corporate positioning, crisis communications, and special situations such as restructurings, M&A transactions, IPOs, and executive leadership changes. He has developed and implemented winning communications plans for public policy matters, regulatory actions and investigations, cyberattacks and data breaches, class action lawsuits, and labor and employment issues.

Before joining TrailRunner, Jim served as SVP and Head of Media Relations for Citizens Financial Group, a U.S. bank holding company that completed its initial public offering in September 2014. Jim also previously worked for Comcast and for CVS Health in roles focused on corporate communications, crisis communications, public policy communications, reputation management, and consumer and B2B PR. A former political, legal affairs and breaking news reporter for The Denver Post, Jim was a member of the reporting team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2000 and covered the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as an embedded reporter.

Jim has been awarded degrees from Union College (BA, English) and from the University of Colorado (MA, Journalism). He completed additional graduate coursework in literature at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Jim, his wife, and their two children are all lifelong skiers.



  • Chief Executive Officer

    January, 2022 - present

  • Managing Director