Jack Leslie serves as Chairman of Weber Shandwick, the world’s leading public relations firm. Mr. Leslie specializes in helping corporations, public institutions and prominent individuals to drive strategic campaigns.
He was a senior aide to U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy as well as a strategist on dozens of campaigns in the United States, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Mr. Leslie served as a communications crisis advisor to the NY-NJ Port Authority in the aftermath of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and to American Airlines following the attacks of September 11, 2001; to the Government of Colombia on narco-trafficking and terrorism and to the State of Florida on the shootings of foreign tourists.
Mr. Leslie started his career as Senator Kennedy’s political director and Executive Director of the Fund for a Democratic Majority. He joined Sawyer Miller Group, a prominent political consulting firm in 1983 and became President of the company in 1985.
Mr. Leslie was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation. Mr. Leslie is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.