The Honorable Mary Jo Jacobi

Mary Jo is an world-renowned expert in reputation, crisis and brand management and a trusted advisor, broadcast commentator and speaker on the complex dynamics of international economic and political relationships.  Her expertise was honed through extensive experience in the C suites of some of the world’s largest corporations and among the power brokers in Washington and Westminster.

She leads a strategic business consultancy and is a senior advisor to BCG.  She is the Weir Group plc’s Engagement Non-executive Director and the ESG NED of Savannah Resources plc.  In addition, she is an executive mentor with GLG, Criticaleye and Pioneering Collective.

Mary Jo created the often-copied use of airport jetties for corporate brand building and devised award-winning global brand strategies for HSBC and Lehman Brothers.  She was lead manager of three historic corporate crises:  as Executive Vice President of BP America in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy; during the probe of Royal Dutch Shell’s proved oil and gas reserves and subsequent corporate restructuring; and throughout Drexel Burhham Lambert’s securities fraud investigation and legal settlements.

Mary Jo holds the rare distinction of being appointed to office by two American presidents, two British prime ministers and a reigning monarch.  She was Assistant US Secretary of Commerce in the George H W Bush presidency and Special Assistant to President Ronald Reagan and a member of his Advisory Committee on Trade Negotiations.  Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May named her to the UK Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, prior to which she was one of Queen Elizabeth II’s Civil Service Commissioners.  A former member of the FCO’s Wilton Park Advisory Council and a US-UK Fulbright Commissioner, she began her career on the staff of the US Senate Committee on Commerce.

The first woman to chair a major professional sports organisation, the LPGA, Mary Jo also served on the boards of Tate & Lyle plc, Mulvaney Capital Management, Drexel Burnham Lambert, and the Ladies European Tour.  She chaired the External Advisory Board of the UK’s Forensic Science Service, was a member of Dana Petroleum’s CEO’s Advisory Board, and served on the boards of a variety of not-for-profit organizations in the UK and USA.

Formerly a visiting fellow of the University of Oxford and the Leeds University Business School, she is a member of Court of Strathclyde University and the international advisory board of Oxford’s Rothermere American Institute.

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