Jack Modzelewski is the former president of FleishmanHillard, where he spent three-quarters of his 35-year career working for global communications agencies in executive and leadership positions. He has significant experience working on communications programs for a wide spectrum of clients – including AT&T, General Motors, HP, McDonald’s, Monsanto, Caterpillar, and BP, as well as major healthcare concerns, financial institutions, and companies of many sizes and sectors. Jack also has considerable experience in all facets of corporate affairs: external and internal communications, mergers and organizational restructurings, crisis prevention and intervention, issues and risk management, and strategic stakeholder engagement. He has assisted clients in more than 25 crisis situations.
On environmental and sustainability matters: Jack advised Baxter on navigating NGO and academic criticism about use of plasticized PVC in catheters and other medical products the company sold; worked with McDonald’s on a number of its environmental initiatives, including discontinuation of polystyrene clamshell packaging; and worked with several clients at the plant-community level to allay fears of pollution hazards.
Before joining FleishmanHillard, Jack worked for two other leading public relations agencies and a major advertising firm. Earlier in his career, he was a journalist covering government and general news, and hosted a public affairs radio program. He has attended five World Economic Forums in Davos, Switzerland. He is vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Better Government Association, and serves Northwestern University on its We Will capital campaign and on the board of advisors of the Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing. In 2015 he was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement.