Dave Samson

Chief Corporate Affairs Counsel

Dave Samson is a globally recognized business consultant who advised board members and C-suite executives at many of the world’s top companies and led communications for Chevron, Oracle, IBM and Levi Strauss & Co.

Dave is a thought partner and catalyst, helping organizations preserve and build value in an increasingly dynamic business climate. He is known for strategically navigating highly sensitive issues, including activist campaigns, high-profile litigation, product recalls, operating incidents, natural disasters, mergers and acquisitions and a range of public policy matters. He has led communications teams that set industry benchmarks in the design and execution of communications programs and campaigns. In recent years, he pioneered the use of data analytics and predictive modeling to advance the effectiveness of stakeholder engagement and issues management.

Most recently, Dave served as Edelman’s Global Vice Chairman, Corporate Affairs and U.S. Chief Operating Officer. In this role, he served as a senior client advisor and oversaw the firm’s U.S. operations and Global Corporate Affairs practice. He also served as interim head of Edelman’s New York office, San Francisco office and Asia-Pacific Region. Prior to joining Edelman, Dave was the long-time head of communications and public affairs at Chevron, where he developed industry-leading practices to advance the energy giant’s business and reputation aims.

A past chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society, Dave has been inducted into the halls of fame of both the Page Society and PRWeek. He is a recipient of the Plank Center Milestones in Mentoring award. Prior to joining Chevron, he held executive leadership positions at Oracle, Ketchum, Levi Strauss, IBM and Johns Manville.


Colorado State University, B.A., Journalism