Jeff Zelkowitz

Executive Director and Global Financial and Mergers, Antitrust & Competition Practices Lead

Jeff Zelkowitz is executive director and global financial practice leader based in APCO Worldwide’s New York office. He advises corporate clients on navigating transactions and strategic change; achieving communications goals in the financial markets and media; and strategies for advancing corporate reputation and “license to grow” through effective engagement with the full range of stakeholders in today’s high-stakes business and policy environment.

In addition to advising leading U.S. companies, multinationals and industry associations, Mr. Zelkowitz has worked extensively with businesses in Europe and emerging markets. He is an expert on financial communication, M&A transactions, spin-offs, restructuring as well as situations involving antitrust and other assertive public policy scrutiny.

Mr. Zelkowitz’s work frequently involves helping companies to understand issues, risks and opportunities in the stakeholder landscape and to develop integrated campaign strategies aimed at delivering a compelling value proposition to investors and analysts, customers, employees, government and regulatory officials, NGOs, and reinforcing these messages and countering opponents through third-party, mainstream media and digital strategies. In addition, he advises clients on financial crisis, policy, corporate governance and sustainability issues, and has authored articles, edited publications and organized thought leadership forums related to these topics.

Prior to joining APCO in 2006, Mr. Zelkowitz was a partner and managing director at an international investor relations firm where he worked for 15 years in New York and London. He is on the Global Advisory Council of Cornerstone Capital Group, a financial services firm with a mission to bring the discipline of sustainable finance to the mainstream of the capital markets. 

Mr. Zelkowitz graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in history, and earned a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He also holds a certificate in Russian studies from Columbia’s Harriman Institute.