Laurel Strategies, Inc., the global business advisory and strategic communications firm, announced today the addition of Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and White House Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken to its Board of Advisors.
“I am thrilled to welcome Tony to the Laurel team,” said Alan H. Fleischmann, CEO of Laurel Strategies. “His expertise and extraordinary insights into the complex geopolitical challenges we face make him an invaluable leader on our team and a tremendous asset for our work around the world.”
“I am delighted to join the board of Laurel Strategies, a truly global firm that counsels many of the world’s most innovative and influential leaders in business, civil society, and philanthropy,” said Blinken. “I look forward to adding my perspective to and working with Laurel’s impressive team and those it advises.”
Deputy Secretary Blinken has held senior foreign policy positions in two U.S. administrations over three decades, including, most recently, Deputy Secretary of State (2015–2017), the nation’s number two diplomat. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Blinken traveled to forty countries, helping to lead diplomacy in the fight against ISIL, the rebalance to Asia, and the global refugee crisis. Within the State Department, he built bridges to the innovation community, creating a full time State Department presence in Silicon Valley and initiating the State Department Innovation Forum, which enlists innovators and technologists in solving complex foreign policy problems. He is the Herter/Nitze Distinguished Scholar at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.