Bill Chandler is a global communications leader with demonstrated success translating the campaign-style tactics of winning political campaigns to raise the profile of private sector companies and executives.
His career began by serving for 12 years as the top communications leader for two highly-visible elected officials from California: Tom Bradley, the Mayor of Los Angeles who held office for 20 years; and Dianne Feinstein, the United States Senator, first elected in 1992.
These early roles provided the type of hands-on experience that would take decades to learn elsewhere, giving him a deep expertise in crisis communications, executive communications, media relations, community organizing, and event planning.
Before joining Western Union, Bill served for nine years as the chief communications officer and government affairs leader for Gap Inc., the $16 billion global retailer. Reporting to the CEO, Chandler elevated the business impact of the communications and government relations functions, while aggressively advancing the company’s turnaround and global expansion to China. Notably, he developed the concept that led to the historic retail industry alliance of American companies to support factory workers in Bangladesh, and ushered in a new era of digital marketing for the company.
Bill graduated from the University of Southern California with B.A. degrees in journalism and cinema. He also advises non-profit organizations and start-ups in the Silicon Valley.