Chris Foster is CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group. Prior to his current role, Chris was President of North America for BCW Global. He was also previously Burson-Marsteller’s Worldwide Executive Vice President and Chief Business Development Officer. Chris worked with the agency’s CEO and regional leaders on strategic growth initiatives, executive-level client counsel, and business development across the global enterprise.
Chris has led national and global public awareness and communications campaigns for organizations 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.
Chris is on the Board of Directors of a variety of organizations, including The International Association for Measurement of Communications (AMEC), Inroads, INC., The LAGRANT Foundation, The Institute for Public Relations (IPR), and Burgundy Farms Country Day School. He is also a current member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC). Chris was on PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 list in 2008, and he has been a guest lecturer at Columbia University School of Continuing Studies, University of Maryland, School of Journalism and Western Kentucky University.
In 2017, Chris published his first book, Reputation Strategy and Analytics in a Hyper-Connected World, a cross-disciplinary resource for communication and digital professionals alike.
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.