Jack Leslie

Chairman of Weber Shandwick

    Jack Leslie is Chairman of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s leading global communications and engagement firms. A strategic communications executive, political consultant and international development activist, Jack brings a long track record of helping clients integrate global political, economic, cultural and communication trends to create innovative, forward-looking strategy and plans. Some of the companies he has counseled include American Airlines, Bank of America, GE, HP, Johnson & Johnson, MasterCard, Merck & Co, Microsoft, Nestle, Novartis, PepsiCo, Pfizer, Siemens, Unilever and YUM! Jack is one of the pioneers of stakeholder engagement and political consulting. He has been involved as a strategist in many of the most highly visible campaigns on three continents over the past 30 years.

    Jack is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation as well as member of the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. He is a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Doing Business in Africa and the Council on Foreign Relations, Chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Duke Global Health Institute, member of the Board of Trustees for the Ron Brown Scholar Program and a member of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation’s Board of Advisors.

    Jack began his career as an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy, serving as his political director. He joined Sawyer Miller Group, a prominent political consulting firm, in 1983 and became President of the company in 1985.

    Jack is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.