Andy Whitehouse

Andy Whitehouse
Copperfield Advisory

Formerly the chief communications officer of IBM (NYSE:IBM), the cognitive solutions and cloud platform company. Andy’s responsibilities include strengthening and protecting IBM’s reputation, helping IBMers contribute their insights to public debate, and communicating the impact of IBM’s client service.

Previously, Andy served as Global Director of Marketing, Communications and Knowledge Management for Willis Towers Watson (NASDAQ: WLTW) and Willis Group Holdings, the global risk advisor and (re)insurance broker. In this role, Andy led the firm’s marketing and communications team, and played a central part in the merger of Willis Group, Towers Watson and Gras Savoye.

Before joining Willis, Andy served as interim Global Director of Communications for McKinsey & Company, co-leading the firm’s communications and publishing function. At McKinsey, Andy played various roles including deputy director of communications. He led research on the role of business leaders in public life, and was a member of teams working with public sector and non-profit clients. In 2007, he co-published “CEOs as public leaders: a McKinsey survey”(McKinsey Quarterly 2007 Anthology) and “CEOs as public leaders” (McKinsey Quarterly2007, vol. 2).

Prior to McKinsey, Andy was a policymaker inthe United Kingdom government. Originally joining theMinistry of Defencein the Civil Service Fast Stream, he later led teams in the Prime Minister’s Social Exclusion Unit, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Department of Health. Andy’s policy work focused principally on tackling poverty and social exclusion in England.

Andy is a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Friend of Oxford University award. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford, a member of the NationSwell Council and of the Arthur W. Page Society. Andy has spoken at events including the Skoll Global Forum and Oxford’s “Challenges of Government” conferences.

He is a graduate of Oxford and Harvard.

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