Jack Leslie is the Chairman of Weber Shandwick, one of the world's leading public relations agencies. A veteran communications strategist, he has been an architect of some of the most visible communications campaigns of the last two decades, as well as serving as a high-level strategist for nationwide political campaigns on three continents. Mr. Leslie specializes in helping prominent corporations and public institutions to transform public attitudes rapidly on divisive, high-profile issues. Leslie's dual background as a seasoned communications professional and political operative offers a unique perspective that enables him to integrate advertising, media relations, direct marketing and political strategy. Political and business leaders have sought his counsel during several crises. Mr. Leslie has served as a communications crisis advisor to the NY-NJ Port Authority in the immediate aftermath of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and to American Airlines following the attacks of September 11th; to the Government of Colombia on illegal narcotics; to the State of Florida on the shootings of foreign tourists; and many other foreign and domestic crises. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, he testified before the House International Relations Committee on U.S. public diplomacy programs directed at the Muslim world. A recognized expert on marketplace and communications challenges facing the health care, pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors, Mr. Leslie is a chief architect of the award-winning communications and advertising campaign for The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the national campaign for the Council for Biotechnology Information. He was a participant in the Jackson Hole Group, a forum that convened many of the nation's leading thinkers to address the health care crisis in the mid-1990s. Mr. Leslie has advised many leading national and international political figures of the last two decades. He was a senior aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy as well as a strategist on dozens of nationwide and local campaigns in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Leslie has advised several heads of state on communications as well as managing trade and economic development campaigns for the governments of Colombia, Chile, Portugal, the Philippines and Indonesia. Mr. Leslie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Chairman of the Board of USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and a participant in UNHCR Missions to Afghanistan (1998), Kosovo (1999) and Tanzania (2001). He was appointed by President Bush in 2003 to serve on the Board of Directors of the African Development Foundation (ADF). He is a trustee of the Circumnavigators Foundation and is a director of various corporate boards. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.
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