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Teneo Appoints Leigh Gallagher as Senior Managing Director

Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm, today announced the appointment of Leigh Gallagher as a Senior Managing Director with the firm’s U.S. Strategy & Communications business. Leigh will serve as a senior counselor to Teneo clients, advising around executive positioning, media engagement and broader strategic communications.

Leigh is a senior communications executive, veteran business journalist and two-time author. She was most recently Director of External Affairs at Google, a role she was recruited to create to deepen relationships with editors, columnists and newsroom leadership, while also serving as a source of media intelligence across Google’s communications team.

"We are excited to welcome Leigh to Teneo,” said Andrea Calise, President of Teneo’s U.S. Strategy & Communications business. “Over the course of her career, Leigh has been an important thought leader, convener and respected journalist. We look forward to applying her extensive experience, deep relationships and strategic insights to advance our clients' objectives and contribute to the firm’s continued growth.”

Prior to Google, Leigh spent the bulk of her career at Fortune, where she served in a variety of roles, most recently Editor-at-Large and Executive Director of the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit. She also wrote and edited award-winning long-form stories, relaunched the Fortune 40 under 40 list and grew it into a marquee leadership community, co-chaired the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference and helped convene additional Fortune events including the CEO Initiative and Fortune Global Forum. Leigh has also authored two books, The Airbnb Story: How Three Ordinary Guys Disrupted an Industry, Made Billions… and Created Plenty of Controversy and The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. Prior to Fortune, Leigh was an editor at SmartMoney and a writer for Forbes.

“I am thrilled to launch the next chapter of my career at Teneo,” said Leigh Gallagher. “I’ve admired the firm’s reputation, high-level, multi-disciplinary work and growth for many years and I’m excited to be able to help clients navigate complex communications challenges and take advantage of new opportunities.”

Throughout her career, Leigh has been a sought-after on-air presence on broadcast outlets including MSNBC’s Morning Joe, CNBC’s Squawk Box, CBS This Morning and public radio’s Marketplace, where she was a biweekly guest with Kai Ryssdal for 10 years. She also is a frequent moderator and keynote speaker.