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Annette Privette Keller, the Director of Communications for the City of Kannapolis, has been named one of the 2019 Top Women in Business, by Business Today NC.

“Annette is a highly valued member of our executive team, and a tremendous asset to our City and its citizens. The depth and breadth of her experience in the field of communications is on display daily. We are a more connected City in large part because of her expertise,” said City Manager Mike Legg.

The nominees are considered top business leaders who have had substantial impacts on their communities and in their field of expertise.

Annette has been with the City of Kannapolis for five years. She oversees all public relations, communications and marketing activities, including resident outreach, business and economic development marketing, and implementing the city’s branding initiative. 

Prior to that she was Director of Communications with the City of Concord and the Town of Matthews. She has also worked as a crisis communications consultant for several businesses and non-profits.

In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Keller holds a Master of Public Administration and an advanced certificate in marketing from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as well as a certificate in municipal administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

Keller co-founded and served as president of the N.C. City County Communicators, a professional organization for government employees working in the communications, public relations and marketing fields. She is also a member the N.C. Government Association of Information Officers Board, the Open Government Coalition Board, serves as secretary of the 3CMA Board of Directors and the Kannapolis Education Foundation Board. She also serves as a volunteer for several non-profits.

Annette Top Women Award
Annette Privette Keller, Director of Communications