Harris Diamond serves as CEO of the Constituency Management Group (CMG) of the Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE: IPG). The group includes IPG companies in the areas of public relations, public affairs, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate/brand identity and experiential marketing. CMG companies include among others, DeVries Public Relations, FutureBrand, GolinHarris, Jack Morton Worldwide, MWW Group, Octagon, Rogers & Cowan and Weber Shandwick. They provide services on six continents, in more than 60 major cities and have approximately 5,000 employees.
Harris is also chief executive officer of Weber Shandwick, the world's leading public relations firm. As part of this role, Harris provides high-level strategic communications counsel to an array of clients. Under his direction, the firm has received numerous industry honors and accolades for its work including being named the 2009 “Global Agency of the Year” by The Holmes Report
Ranked #1 on PRWeek’s
2009 Power List, named to the PR News
Hall of Fame in 2008, and the recipient of the 2008 SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Public Relations, Harris is regarded as one of the industry’s leading experts in corporate and industry positioning. His expertise has been chronicled in top-tier business media including The New York Times, Washington Times, BusinessWeek,
FOX Business and in best-selling books, Alpha Dogs
. In addition, Harris has been recognized for his visionary leadership and keen stewardship and has been cited as one of the “100 most influential PR people in the 20th century” by PRWeek
Harris speaks regularly on leadership and reputation around the world and has lectured at the Annenberg School for Communication, Wharton Business School, and Harvard Business School, among others. He is a member of the board of directors of the Business for Diplomatic Action, a not-for-profit group focused on how businesses can work together to enhance America’s image abroad; and the Ronald McDonald House of New York. Harris is also on the board of councilors of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and is the past chairman of the Council of Public Relations Firms, the U.S. trade association for public relations agencies.
Previously, he served as a political campaign consultant, working on U.S. gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns, and advising foreign governments and political parties. He has held senior positions in the public sector. Harris holds both MBA and JD degrees, and is a member of the New York State Bar.