Marcus Smith is a highly experienced communications and public affairs professional, who has worked in senior roles both agency-side and in-house over the past 30 years. After starting his career at the BBC, he joined Weber Shandwick, the leading international network PR agency, where for many years he provided reputational advice to a broad range of clients ranging from multinational businesses to governments and NGOs. He moved from there to run the communications department at Liberty Global, the world’s largest TV and broadband company with operations across 32 countries, a staff of 40,000 and a NASDAQ listing. While there he oversaw communications around the successful integration of Virgin Media, acquired by Liberty Global for $23bn.
He subsequently moved into the world of reputational data analytics heading up the UK offices of two of the most innovative reputation intelligence companies, providing reputation management software solutions to large international corporates.
He has won many awards including SABREs for the best pan-European communications programme (Sochi 2014 Olympic bid) and the best public advocacy work (Save Darfur Coalition) and a Gold IPRA Award. He is a regular speaker at conferences, particularly in the area of international public relations. He has a BA in English from Cambridge University.