Chip Smith ’86 has been named executive vice president of public affairs at 21st Century Fox, a notable title added to an already impressive resume. A former campaign manager for Al Gore’s presidential bid, Smith has most recently served as CEO of The Glover Park Group (GPG), a strategic communications and government affairs firm he co-founded in 2001.
In his new role, Smith will replace 15-year Fox veteran Michael Regan at the end of June, reporting directly to executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch, two of legendary media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s six children. Smith will oversee global legislative, regulatory, and strategic policy for offices in the U.S., U.K., Hong Kong, and Brussels out of Washington, D.C., and New York.
“The next decade is one of immense opportunity for 21st Century Fox,” James Murdoch said in announcing the change. “At a time of unprecedented change in our industry, it is more critical than ever that the policy and regulatory community truly understand our business, the value of what we do, and the broader creative community of which we are a part. Chip’s decades of experience helping global institutions navigate complex challenges, as well as his track record as a founder and leader of a fast-growing and innovative business, make him uniquely suited to the task at hand.”
A graduate of Colby College and Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, Smith began his career as executive vice president at Shrum, Devine & Donilon Inc., a D.C.-based political media and public relations consulting firm. From 1996 to 2000, he served as chief of staff and executive director of strategy and communications at MCI, where he oversaw communications with regulators, shareholders and industry analysts.
Perhaps most notable now, however, is his history as deputy campaign manager and COO for former Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore. Industry experts say Smith’s move to Fox suggests a strategic turn away from the views of the company’s conservative founding father toward those of his more liberal sons. Only time will tell, but regardless of any political intent, Lawrenceville is proud of Smith’s achievements and we wish him all the best in his new role.
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