Dave Samson, GM, public affairs, Chevron: Power List 2017

2017 rank: 6

The fact that Dave Samson, as the GM of public affairs, is effectively CCO for one of America’s largest energy companies, Chevron, and is the current chair of the Arthur W. Page Society, means you might assume he is smart, well-respected, and influential. What you should also know is he is one of the most thoughtful, forward-looking, and principled practitioners in our profession.

Dave has been at the forefront of the application of data analytics to better understand and reach key stakeholders, and he was an early adopter of the notion of transforming issues management into engagement with a vast array of interested parties, including critics. He and his team have coached his C-suite counterparts to accept conversation over conflict.

As Dave puts it: "In a world where you have to earn the public’s trust to do business and operate, you have to understand more than your own little ecosystem."

At the Page Society, he has been highly influential in the organization’s drive to be more global and broaden its thought leadership work.

From his earliest days in Denver working at MGA Communications through his work at IBM, Levi Strauss, Ketchum, and Oracle, Dave has managed situations and people with certain earnestness and care.

All of these important traits prompt others to seek his counsel, and explain why a few years ago he was honored by the Plank Center with one of its Milestones in Mentoring Award.

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