Don Spetner is a senior corporate advisor for Weber Shandwick Worldwide, advising clients on the role, structure and efficacy of the communications function. He has the unique experience of having served as the chief communications officer (CCO) for three global companies, while also having recruited and placed CCO’s for major organizations.
Prior to Weber Shandwick, Don served as executive vice president, corporate affairs for Korn Ferry Int’l where he served as the chief marketing officer and as a senior partner in the Corporate Affairs executive search practice. Don has recruited and placed chief communications officers for many global brands, including Chevron, Yahoo!, Genentech, eBay, Microsoft and The Los Angeles Dodgers, among others. He also served as Korn Ferry’s head of R&D, where he oversaw a team of clinical and organizational psychologists focused on the science behind executive success and derailment, and the assessment of senior level talent.
Prior to Korn Ferry, Don was vice president, corporate communications and a corporate officer for SunAmerica Inc., a $56 billion (assets) financial services company that was acquired by AIG in 1999. Prior to SunAmerica, Don was vice president, corporate communications for Nissan North America, overseeing corporate branding, public relations, community relations, crisis management and all other communications activities for the automotive giant. At Nissan, he served as a member of the North American Management and Operating Committees. Don began his career working for three global public relations agencies. Don graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in journalism.