Global Advisory Board

Kekst CNC has brought together some of the most experienced practitioners from the worlds of communications, business, politics, finance and tech to support the growth of the firm as members of the Global Advisory Board.

Maurice Lévy

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe

Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the world’s third largest communication group. He joined Publicis in 1971 as IT Director, and was later named CEO of Publicis Groupe in 1987, a role that he fulfilled for 30 years until being named Chairman of the Supervisory Board as of June 1, 2017. Widely recognized as a leading figure in the communications industry, Lévy also co- founded the French Brain Institute (ICM) in 2005. He serves as Chairman for several entities, among them the International Board of Governors for the Peres Center for Peace and also the Pasteur-Weizmann Institute, which he has led since 2015. Lévy has been honored with numerous distinctions and accolades for his contributions to media, business leadership, and tolerance. He holds the distinctions of Commandeur of the French Légion d’Honneur and Grand Officier of the Ordre National du Mérite.

Wolfgang Ischinger

Former German Ambassador to U.S. and U.K., Chairman of the Munich Security Conference

Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger has been Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008. He is also Senior Professor for Security Policy and Diplomatic Practice at the Hertie School of Governance, Berlin. Ischinger began his diplomatic career in the cabinet of the UN Secretary-General in 1973 and joined the Federal Republic of Germany’s foreign service in 1975. From 1998 to 2001, he was Staatssekretär (Deputy Foreign Minister). From 2001 to 2008, he served first as German Ambassador in Washington, DC, and then in London. From 2008 to 2014, he was Global Head of Government Relations of Allianz SE, Munich. Today, Ischinger serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.

Nuala O’Connor

Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship at Walmart

Nuala O’Connor is the Senior Vice President and Chief Counsel, Digital Citizenship at Walmart. She oversees the Digital Citizenship team responsible for providing advice across the company on issues related to privacy, use of data and data governance, use of emerging technologies, cybersecurity, and records management. Before joining Walmart, she served as the President and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, a global nonprofit focused on digital civil liberties. In the private sector, Nuala served as both Vice President of Compliance and Customer Trust and Associate General Counsel for Privacy and Data Protection at Amazon, was the Chief Privacy Leader at General Electric, and held both privacy leadership and legal counsel roles at DoubleClick. In the public sector, Nuala served as the first Chief Privacy Officer at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she founded the DHS privacy office and was responsible for groundbreaking policy development on the use and protection of personal information in national security and law enforcement settings. Also in government service, Nuala served as deputy director of the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, and later as Chief Counsel for Technology at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Nuala began her legal career in private practice at Sidley Austin, Venable, and Hudson Cook. Nuala holds a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.

Göran Persson

Former Swedish Prime Minister, Senior Adviser at JKL

Göran Persson has been Senior Advisor at JKL since 2007. From 1996 to 2006, he was the Prime Minister of Sweden. Before becoming Prime Minister, Persson served as Minister for Schools and later Minister for Finance. Persson was first elected to Parliament in 1979, where he was the speaker of the agriculture committee and a member of the economic committee. Persson has unique and far-reaching experience in economics and international politics as well an extensive network. He is highly respected for his extensive know-ledge of issues including European affairs, sustainable development, and challenges to the welfare state.

Matthew Westerman

Co-founder of MW&L, former global banking leader at Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Rothschild & Co

Matthew Westerman is the Co-founder and Director of MW&L Capital Partners. Westerman spent over thirty years in the banking industry with both global and regional leadership positions at Goldman Sachs, HSBC and Rothschild & Co. He co-headed Global Banking at HSBC and ran investment banking in Europe and Asia ex-Japan at Goldman Sachs where he was a Partner for 14 years and served on its European and Asian Management Committees as well as its Partnership Committee. Throughout his career, he has worked with governments, corporations, private equity firms, and institutions around the world. Westerman is Trustee and Deputy Chair of the Imperial War Museum in the U.K. and a Foundation Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford.

Maurice Lévy

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Wolfgang Ischinger

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Nuala O’Connor

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Göran Persson

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Matthew Westerman

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