Chris Komisarjevsky - Bio

     Chris Komisarjevsky has spent most his career working with managers and their organizations on issues of reputation.

     He is an accomplished public relations professional and counseling firm chief executive with worldwide leadership and client consulting experience. Over a thirty-five year career in public relations, Chris has been responsible for counseling global corporate clients in a range of industries, including financial services, entertainment, communications, health care and management consulting.

     In 2005, Chris retired from his responsibilities as the worldwide chief executive officer of Burson-Marsteller, one of the world’s leading global public relations and public affairs firms. He had served in that capacity for more than six years, while a member of the firm for ten years.

     Immediately following his retirement, he was appointed the Harold Burson Professor and Chair in Public Relations at Boston University in the College of Communications, teaching graduate students in “Managing Corporate Crises and Issues.” Chris has also served as a senior counselor to APCO Worldwide, the global communication and public affairs consulting firm.

     Prior to his worldwide leadership role at Burson-Marsteller, Chris was president and chief executive of the firm’s U.S. operations. Before joining Burson-Marsteller, he held leadership positions at two other worldwide public relations firms: Gavin Anderson & Company where he was president of its US operations and at Hill and Knowlton where, among other roles, he was president and chief executive of the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa operations serving in Geneva and London.

     In addition to being a widely published author and speaker on a variety of public relations topics, Chris has lectured on communications and business at Switzerland’s International Institute for Management Development, Spain’s Instituto de Empresa and a number of universities in the U.S., including Boston University and the University of Connecticut.

     A 1996 recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and a member of the David Rockefeller Fellow’s class of 1998, Chris currently is a Member of the Board of Directors/Independent Trustee of a mutual fund company, is a member of a Department of Defense Advisory Board and serves on the boards of various non-profit organizations. He has served on an advisory board at the world leading Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences in a global initiative to preserve marine life and fisheries.

     Chris holds a master’s degree in business from the University of Connecticut and is a member of the University of Connecticut Graduate Business School Hall of Fame, has undertaken graduate work in German literature and international affairs in the U.S. and Europe, and has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Union College.

     Chris was on active duty with the U.S. Army from 1967 to 1972 as a captain, helicopter pilot, instructor pilot, flight commander and plans officer, serving in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division, ‘69-‘70.

     Chris and his wife, Reina, are authors of Peanut Butter and Jelly Management – Tales From Parenthood, Lessons For Managers (AMACOM, 2000). The book has been published seven times, most recently in 2008 – two hardbound and second edition paperback U.S. versions, plus French, Korean and Chinese translations and distribution in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. The book has been featured in the leading press, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, Time, American Airlines American Way, and on major broadcast media such as CNN, CNBC and MSNBC. Chris and Reina have nine children and live in Atlantic Beach, NY.


Christopher Komisarjevsky – A Tribute

February 1, 2005
TO: Burson-Marsteller Colleagues Worldwide
FROM: Harold Burson

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Article Review: The Real Business of Business – Integrity

University of Connecticut
School of Business

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Large PR Agency of the Year 2003

PRWEEK – Awards 2003

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