Dave Samson: Power List 2015

GM, public affairs, Chevron

2015 rank: 9
2014 rank: 7

By Doug Michelman, SVP, corporate communications, Sprint

Leading communications for Chevron requires a deep understanding of business strategy, but also an equally strong insight into the complicated and dynamic global geopolitical landscape.

Energy drives world economies and the past year’s plunge in oil prices created uncertainty and complex comms challenges across a wide swath of stakeholders.

And, as Dave Samson says, "When I go to work every day to advance Chevron’s interests, others go to work elsewhere with the sole aim of putting us out of business."

His mantra is we must be business people first, communicators second. We must be steeped in the mechanics of the business, ahead of issues, strategically creative, and smart and excellent in execution.

He leads his team to drive engagement and advocacy through new technologies and channels, and Chevron’s team pioneers the use of data to predict stakeholder behavior to reduce business risk and drive reputation.

Over the two decades I have known him, Dave has demonstrated he is one of our industry’s great leaders and influencers. He is dedicated to improving the art and science of our craft, leading a team with a strong moral compass, and always puts his people first.

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