A former campaign manager from Al Gore’s presidential run has been named to a key post inside Rupert Murdoch’s 21 Century Fox empire. Chip Smith, one of the co-founders and CEO of The Glover Park Group, has been named EVP Public Affairs for the company, overseeing global legislative, regulatory and strategic policy matters. He steps into the job held by Michael Regan who is leaving the company on June 30th after a 15-year stint with Fox.
He will report to executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch and be based in Washington, D.C. and New York. In the post, he will oversee the policy offices of the company in the U.S., the UK, Hong Kong and Brussels.
Before co-founding The Glover Park Group with Michael Feldman, Carter Eskew and Joe Lockhart, Smith was a deputy campaign manager and COO for then-Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. As a member of the senior strategic team, Smith designed, built and directed the campaign’s day-to-day operations.
From 1996-2000, he was chief of staff at MCI and an executive director of strategy and communications. There he directed internal and external communications as well as overall messaging to Wall Street, industry analysts, media, regulators, customers, shareholders and employees.
Before joining MCI, he was an EVP at Shrum, Devine & Donilon Inc., a leading political media and public relations consulting firm.
“The next decade is one of immense opportunity for 21st Century Fox,” James Murdoch said in making the announcement. “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.”