Global Business Coalition Leader Joins APCO
Trevor Neilson Brings Extensive Corporate Responsibility Experience
Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2007) ï¿½ Trevor Neilson, former executive director of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GBC), joined APCO Worldwide as senior advisor and will also serve on the firmï¿½s International Advisory Council, Margery Kraus, president and chief executive officer, announced today. An expert on global health, development and corporate responsibility, Neilson specializes in helping corporations and nongovernmental organizations around the world navigate complex problems. He will assist APCOï¿½s clients in strategic planning, program development, communication and business diplomacy.
ï¿½Trevor is a real leader in creating and implementing meaningful programs to address and communicate about global challenges,ï¿½ said Kraus. ï¿½His passion and experience are a perfect match for the dedicated team he is joining.ï¿½
During his tenure at the GBC, he helped grow corporate membership to more than 200 multinational companies with interests related to AIDS and health care.
ï¿½Throughout my career, I have enjoyed the tremendous privilege of working with great people to make a difference in the world,ï¿½ said Neilson. ï¿½APCO is the right place for me to continue to do so. I am excited to work with clients and colleagues as together we raise the level of discourse ï¿½ and action ï¿½ on matters of global significance.ï¿½
Neilson was director of public affairs and special projects at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. At Gates, he was responsible for grant-making, government relations and public affairs. He was the spokesperson and managed relationships with the United Nations, governments, corporations and NGOs. He also worked for Bill and Melinda Gates on personal projects and was spokesperson for the Gates family.
Neilson has worked with clients to design complex initiatives related to the crisis in Darfur; crimes against humanity being committed around the world; climate change; immigration; water and malnutrition in Africa; wildlife conservation; refugees and immigration; AIDS; education; childhood obesity in the United States; and other issues.
Neilson served in the Clinton White House in the Office of Scheduling and Advance, and the White House Travel Office. He formed Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa (DATA) with Bill Gates, Bono and George Soros and served on the organizationï¿½s founding Board of Directors. He was also an advisor to a number of presidential campaigns.
He is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Wikimedia Foundation advisory board, the Genocide Intervention Network advisory board, the Business & Human Rights Resource Center and a number of other organizations. He is vice-chairman of Saflink, a technology company focused on biometric security solutions for government agencies in the United States, and is a visiting practitioner at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute in the Center for Public and Non-Profit Leadership, where he lectures on the role of philanthropy in public policy and international relations.
About APCO Worldwide
Founded in 1984, APCO Worldwide is an independently owned global communication consultancy with offices in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. APCO was named 2007 PR Agency of the Year by PRNews; 2006 Agency of the Year by PRWeek; 2007, 2006 and 2005 European Consultancy of the Year by Public Affairs News; and 2004 Public Affairs Agency of the Year by The Holmes Report. Clients include corporations, governments, industry associations and nonprofit organizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., APCO includes among its clients seven of the top 10 companies on Fortuneï¿½s Global 500. Core services include corporate, investor and internal communication; crisis management; issue management; government relations; litigation communication; media relations; coalition building; opinion research; market entry; corporate responsibility; and online communication. APCO is a majority women-owned business. For more information, please visit www.apcoworldwide.com.