Wes Battle is the Vice President of Communications at Craft | Media/Digital.
Wes leads CRAFT’s communications and media team, which creates winning public relations strategies across all media to elevate their brands and make lasting impacts.
Serving ten years in the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator, Wes flew the S-3B Viking carrier aircraft during two Middle Eastern deployments, supporting wartime operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Designated as a Viking Tactics Instructor, the “Top Gun” of the Viking community, he later served as Speechwriter to the Vice Chief of Naval Operations and as an International Affairs analyst for the Secretary of the Navy.
Wes was a Communications Director for former Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, focusing on targeted messaging and media for House Armed Services Committee issues. Prior to his military service, Wes wrote at George Magazine and as a reporter covering Madison Avenue for the New York Times.
Before joining CRAFT, Wes worked as a consultant, advising various corporate and non-profit clients on strategic and political communications, advocacy, media and marketing services.
Notably, Wes led an international campaign which successfully reinstated the sport of wrestling to the Summer Olympics as the Chief of Staff for the Committee for the Preservation of Olympic Wrestling (CPOW) in 2013.
A native Pittsburgher, Wes holds an M.B.A. from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Wes is an avid golfer and three-time Ironman triathlon finisher, including the 2011 World Championships in Kona.