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Mary Jo Jacobi

Former assistant U.S. commerce secretary; former chief reputation officer at Royal Dutch Shell; former executive vice president of BP America

For more than 40 years Mary Jo Jacobi has operated at the nexus of energy, finance and government, from the White House and Wall Street to the City of London and Westminster.   Along the way she created two award-winning global corporate brands, managed three of history’s most conspicuous corporate crises, and became the only person ever to be appointed to office by two U.S. Presidents, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron.

She currently advises clients on reputation, brand and crisis avoidance strategies and is a board mentor with GLG and Criticaleye. She is a non-executive director of The Weir Group plc and Mulvaney Capital Management. Mary Jo has a longstanding association with the University of Oxford as a Visiting Fellow and currently as an Advisory Board member of the Rothermere American Institute. She also advises the business schools of Loyola New Orleans, George Washington and Leeds universities. In addition, she is active as a speaker and lecturer internationally and provides commentary for CNBC Europe, the BBC and LBC radio.

Mary Jo previously was the chief communications executive for Royal Dutch Shell, BP America, Lehman Brothers, HSBC Holdings and Drexel Burnham Lambert. She created Lehman’s and HSBC’s much-lauded re-branding strategies, including devising the first-ever use of airport jetties for brand building. Her world-renowned crisis management expertise was honed at Drexel in what was then the largest securities fraud investigation in history; at Shell through investigations of miscategorization of its proved oil and gas reserves; and as executive vice president of BP America in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon accident.  Her prior experience includes public affairs for El Paso Alaska, 3M and the National Association of Manufacturers.

In 2012 Mary Jo was appointed by Prime Minister David Cameron to the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments, prior to which she was one of Her Majesty’s Civil Service Commissioners, appointed under the Royal Prerogative. She served three terms as a US-UK Fulbright Commissioner under the auspices of the U.S. Secretary of State and the British Foreign Secretary. 

Mary Jo served as assistant secretary of commerce under President George H.W. Bush and previously was special assistant for business liaison to President Ronald Reagan, who also appointed her to his advisory committee on trade negotiations. She has the distinction of being the first woman to chair a major international professional sports organization, the LPGA, and she also served on the board of the Ladies European Tour.

Mary Jo earned an MBA from George Washington University and a BBA from Loyola New Orleans. A dual US-UK national, she resides in suburban Washington, DC.