Executive Vice President
Matt J. Lauer was the first to market branded public diplomacy services to the private sector. He founded Qorvis Geopolitical Solutions at Qorvis Communications (acquired by MSLGROUP). In his 20 years of experience, he served a Democrat and a Republican U.S. President, a Secretary of State, and a U.S. Senator.
Lauer helps major corporations achieve their public affairs goals and sovereign nations win their foreign policy battles.
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Lauer was the executive director of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy at the Department of State under Secretary Colin L. Powell.
Most recently, as adviser to the board of Mercuria Energy, one of the world's largest commodities and energy groups, he designed the company's public affairs strategy in its multi-billion dollar acquisition of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co’s commodities unit. Later, he managed issues surrounding an equity investment by ChemChina, one of the world’s largest companies.
Lauer has received official commendations from the U.S. Department of State and the State of North Carolina for his public affairs and public diplomacy leadership, while being recognized by the Washington Post, Washington Life and Politico.