Kevin Kutz ’84
Originally intent on pursuing a career in foreign policy in Washington, D.C., Kevin Kutz became a bit sidetracked while earning his master’s degree at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. With the energy and excitement of Boston beckoning at their back door, he and his wife, Karen Kirchhoff Kutz ’83, decided to stay there, and Kutz’s rewarding career in public relations began.
“My first real public relations job was working for Massachusetts Governor Weld in economic affairs,” Kutz says. “I really liked it for the fun, challenge and impact.”
After a few years, including some time in D.C., Kutz headed to Chicago, where he would spend the next 10 years working for Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm, Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, as well as a small Internet consulting firm called Lante.
In 2005, another opportunity unfolded, this time with Microsoft, where Kutz took the helm as the director of public relations for Windows, “one of the world’s best-known and most profitable brands, an incredibly sophisticated software product, the foundation for most of the global information technology industry, and an object of scrutiny for competitors and regulatory agencies,” the political science major explains. “As such, there is an intensity of press interest around Windows that is unlike anywhere I’ve ever worked, including politics.”
Last summer, Kutz was named Microsoft’s director of public affairs, where he now focuses on communicating the company’s work and perspectives on a range of social and public policy issues.
“Everything from international policies on freedom of expression to the swine flu outbreak to online child safety, and to more arcane matters like privacy protections in the European Union and fighting the Conficker worm – Microsoft is engaged across all these issues, and my job is to make sure the right audiences understand and support what we’re doing,” he says.
Looking back, Kutz is convinced that his Wittenberg education not only helped shape his faith in God, but also his future.
“My time at Wittenberg also changed me as a person and opened up career opportunities I never would have imagined,” he says. “I’m grateful for all of it.”