NEW YORK, October 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Chairman of Weber Shandwick Jack Leslie today announced his resignation after a 45 year career in communications and public affairs. Leslie has served as Weber Shandwick Chairman for more than 20 years since the Bozell Sawyer Miller Group (BSMG) merged with Weber Shandwick in 2001 March 2022 and has agreed to continue serving as Senior Advisor to the agency and its clients on corporate reputation, social impact and public order.

“I am so grateful that I have spent my career at the interface of communication, politics and business and that I have worked with visionaries who have changed the world so much. I’ve also seen our business transform; digital, and an era of broadcasting became an era of engagement. We have always been one step ahead and I am proud that we have become leaders in our industry. During all this time, I’ve also been fortunate to have partners who are ready. to help me pursue my development and humanitarian interests. In the past year I have been particularly active in promoting migration and public health. I look forward to devoting more time and attention to these passions, “said Leslie.

As a senior communications manager, policy advisor, and international development activist, Leslie has advised countless nonprofits, government agencies, citizen leaders, and the world’s largest brands for more than four decades. After serving as political director for the late senator Edward Kennedy in the 1980s, Leslie was named president of the Sawyer Miller, a pioneering policy consultancy where he has run dozen of presidential and statewide campaigns in. advised The United States, Latin America, Asia and Africa. He was a close adviser to the President Juan Manuel Santos from Colombia both during his presidential campaigns and during the long peace process in the country. In 2016, Leslie received the highest honor awarded to a non-citizen Colombia, the Order of San Carlos, for his work on Plan Colombia and during the peace negotiations.

Leslie’s work at the helm of Sawyer Miller grew the company into a leading management consulting, lawyer and public affairs firm over the next two decades. Leslie was a key member of the executive team as Weber Shandwick grew into a leading, multidisciplinary marketing services company, achieving two decades of positive growth, and receiving the industry’s most prestigious awards, including PROvoke’s Global and US Agency of the Decade (2020). , PRvoke Global Agency of the Year, PRWeek Global Agency of the Year, PRWeek Purpose Agency of the Year, Ad Age Agency A-list and 135+ Cannes Lions.

“The story of Weber Shandwick’s journey to the powerhouse it is today couldn’t be written without it Jack Leslie,” called Andy Polansky, Chairman and CEO, IPG DXTRA. “Jack’s incredible foresight and strength in staying one step ahead of the market and anticipating customer needs has always steered our company in the right direction. We are grateful for his advice, his commitment to the agency and his invaluable contributions to positive Driving change. ” and personally for his friendship. ”

In addition to his professional life, Leslie is an international development, humanitarian, and global health activist. He led United States of America for UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency) in the 1990s and was appointed by the President to the board of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) in 2003 George W. Bush. He was then appointed Chairman of the Board of USADF by the President Barack Obama and has since led missions in 25 African countries. In 2021 USADF announced an annual scholarship program in honor of Leslie for his 20 years of service. Leslie also chaired USAID’s Voluntary Foreign Aid Advisory Committee (ACVFA) during the Obama administration. He has been extensively involved in global health and previously served as Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Duke Global Health Institute and currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF). Leslie is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, on the board of, the Partnership for Central America (PCA) and past chairman of the Ron Brown Scholars Program.

“Jack’s influence on the development of Weber Shandwick is hard to miss,” said Gail Heimann, CEO, Weber Shandwick. “Under his leadership and influence over many decades, we have built an organization that not only solves complex challenges for a diverse mix of customers, but also delivers with determination – and the passion to do good by doing good. Fortunately for us, Jack will continue to bring that passion and purpose to his advisory role. ”

About Weber Shandwick
Weber Shandwick is a leading global communications network delivering next generation solutions to brands, companies and organizations in key markets around the world. Led by world-class strategic and creative thinkers and activists, we have won some of the most prestigious awards in the industry. Weber Shandwick was named Ad Age’s A-List Agencies in 2020 and Best Places to Work in 2019. Weber Shandwick was also named PRvokes Global Agency of the Decade in 2020 and PRWeek Global Agency of the Year in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.The company received 25 Lions at the 2019 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Data-driven, with developed ideas at its center, the agency uses leading and emerging technology to inform strategies, develop critical insights and increase impact in all sectors and specialty areas, including brand and B2B marketing, health marketing, change management, employee engagement , Corporate reputation, crisis management, data and analytics, technology, public affairs, social impact, and financial communications. Weber Shandwick is part of the Interpublic Group (NYSE: IPG). More information is available at

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