Jeff Zelkowitz, executive director in APCO Worldwide’s New York office, is a communicator and strategist who works with corporate leaders at extraordinary times of change for their industries and of challenge, opportunity and inflection points for their organizations.
Mr. Zelkowitz founded APCO’s global financial practice and has grown the firm’s track record from managing high stakes issues during the global financial crisis to helping organizations succeed strategically and grow their leadership around aging and longevity, financial security and investing, innovation and technology, health and wellness, sustainable economic development and other megatrends. He has led APCO’s work for one of the world’s largest mutual fund managers, a global securities trading and technology leader, the largest health care real estate investment trust, a public sector financial oversight board, a fast-growing consumer credit score and other financial services players.
Mr. Zelkowitz uses research-driven strategies to help clients better understand the stakeholder and digital landscape, develop messages for telling stories and managing issues, and integrated communication and public affairs campaigns to drive conversations and advance client objectives – in the financial markets and media, business and consumer markets, with policy and regulatory audiences and employees and communities. He also advises on investor relations, corporate governance and sustainability issues and has contributed thought leadership on these topics.
Mr. Zelkowitz co-chairs APCO’s mergers, antitrust and competition practice and is an expert on financial communication, M&A transactions, spin-offs, restructuring as well as situations involving antitrust and other assertive public policy scrutiny. He has worked on complex transactions in the financial, real estate, music, retail, FMCG, health care, defense, transportation, utility and other sectors; strategic change and CEO transitions at high-profile companies; and one of the largest ever sovereign debt restructurings as well as the largest ever public sector and corporate bankruptcies in U.S. history.
Mr. Zelkowitz has been part of APCO’s New York senior leadership team since 2006. He was previously managing director at a financial communications firm in New York and London. He is on the Global Advisory Council of Cornerstone Capital Group. He graduated from Brandeis University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in history, and earned his MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.