Sonya Higginbotham leads as senior vice president and chief of corporate affairs, communications and sustainability of Worthington Enterprises. She is responsible for the Company’s internal and external communications, brand strategy, government relations and sustainability efforts, as well as philanthropic activities as president of The Worthington Companies Foundation.
Higginbotham joined Worthington Industries in 1997 in the corporate training and development department. In 1999, she was named community relations coordinator where she helped form the Company’s first corporate communications department. In the following years, she grew the department and her responsibilities. In 2007, Higginbotham was named director of corporate communications. In 2011, she was named to Business First’s 40 Under 40 list and in 2014 received Otterbein University’s Young Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. Higginbotham was named vice president of corporate communications and brand management in September 2018.
Higginbotham is active in a number of local organizations. She currently serves as vice chairperson of the advisory board for the Salvation Army and is a member of the Community Shelter Board. Higginbotham served on the board of Junior Achievement of Central Ohio for 10 years. She is past president of the Columbus Chapter of the Association of Women in the Metal Industries, past trustee of the Westerville Library and delivers Meals on Wheels to the elderly in Columbus.
Higginbotham is a graduate of Otterbein University with a bachelor’s degree in business & organizational communications and Franklin University with a master’s degree in marketing. She is married to husband, Carl, and together they have two children.