Diane Dixon, former mayor of Newport Beach, California, is a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council and its Corporate Communication Strategies subgroup. She is a distinguished creative leader with extensive experience in identifying and implementing key communication and corporate affairs strategies.
Ms. Dixon’s areas of expertise span the communications spectrum and include corporate affairs, public relations, marketing communications, brand positioning, CEO positioning, corporate philanthropy, public affairs, government relations and community relations. She is the former chief communications officer at Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 company where she led the communications function beginning in 1982 to support the company’s global growth from $600 million in annual sales to more than $6.5 billion today.
Throughout her career, Ms. Dixon has been a member of several boards and councils, including the United Way of Greater Los Angeles; the Board of Governors at the University of Southern California Alumni Association; the Advisory Council for the USC Dornsife School of Letters; the YMCA Metropolitan Los Angeles, KCET public television and Castilleja School in Palo Alto. Ms. Dixon also served as president of the Avery Dennison Foundation from 1990-2011; chair of the Los Angeles Public Affairs Officers’ Association; trustee of the Polytechnic School in Pasadena; and past chair of the advertising and branding committee at the United Way of America and the PR Seminar, where she received the Lifetime Achievement Award (2012).
Ms. Dixon received her degree with honors in political science and history from the University of Southern California.