WASHINGTON: APCO Worldwide has announced that Delano Lewis, former US ambassador to South Africa and former president and CEO of National Public Radio, is joining the company as a senior counselor.
Lewis will work across the firm's Global Political Strategies and International Advisory Council. He will use his extensive background in corporate, political, cultural, and academic matters to advise APCO and its clients on issues and strategy.
The advisory council comprises subgroups such as healthcare, financial issues, and communications, as well as Global Political Strategies. It is a diplomatic core for businesses with high-level political experts who have served in governments around the world.
Margery Kraus, president and CEO of APCO Worldwide, said she had been targeting Lewis for a long time. “He'll use his rich experience as an ambassador, business leader, and head of NPR to help our clients where his experience is relevant,” she explained. “We especially recruited him because of his experience in Africa, where he was in the Peace Corps.”
Kraus said companies all over the world are figuring out how best to integrate their services and do better business in Africa, and that Lewis will provide unique perspectives on how APCO can reach this region.
Prior to joining APCO, Lewis ran New Mexico State University's International Relations Institute, which he founded in 2007. Prior to that he started his own consultancy called Lewis & Associates. In 1999, President Bill Clinton named him US ambassador to South Africa, where he served until 2001.
APCO's global strategy group has about 25 members and the advisory council has more than 60, all experts in global affairs such as business leaders, former politicians, diplomats, and policy experts. Members include Bill Richardson, former US ambassador to the United Nations and former governor of New Mexico; John Kufuor, former president of Ghana and former chairperson of the African Union; and Jonathan Powell, former chief of staff to ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair.