Chris Foster

President, North America, BCW

As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he works closely with the Chairman and CEO and regional leaders on emerging strategic growth initiatives, executive level client counsel and business development. His expertise includes public health, life sciences, financial services, energy and travel/tourism. He has worked across global public relations agencies, management consulting firms, trade associations and national political campaigns.

Foster has led national and global public awareness and communications campaigns for organization such as the U.S Department of Defense, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Social Security Administration, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Intel. He specializes in working with the federal government and private companies on understanding reputation risk and leveraging communications analytics to drive enterprise wide strategy.  Prior to joining Burson-Marsteller, he was Senior Vice President & Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton working in both the firm’s government and commercial market sectors.

Foster is on the Board of Directors of variety of organizations, including The International Association for Measurement of Communications (Vice Chair); Inroads, Inc.; and Burgundy Farms Country Day School. He is also a current member of the Executive Leadership Council. Named to the 2008 PRWeek “40 Under 40” list, Foster has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University School of Continuing Studies – Communications Department; University of Maryland, School of Journalism; and Western Kentucky University.

Foster wrote the “Reputation Analytics & Corporate Strategy” chapter published within the NYSE Corporate Governance Guide in November 2014, and is working on a publication centered on “Reputation Strategy,” scheduled for release in 2016.

He earned an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University, and a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Virginia.

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