GAIL WASSERMAN spent the majority of her career as a senior executive of public affairs for American Express Company, managing the media and employee communications for their Consumer Cards, Small Business, and Global Corporate Services groups. In this role, she helped promote its products and services, managed the company’s reputation with stakeholders and served as an advocate for the customers it serves. After more than 25+ years, she retired from the company and now serves as a communications consultant which has left time to pursue another passion: throwing functional pottery.
During her tenure with American Express, Gail spent three years living in London where she headed the firm’s media relations and internal communications for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This included the company’s participation as a founding sponsor of Red, a public/private partnership to raise funds for women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa. She served in a similar role while living in Singapore, where the territory under her oversight extended from Pakistan to New Zealand.
As a consultant, Gail has had a wide range of clients in the consumer, financial and consulting industries. Projects ranged from running workshops to help teams design more innovative solutions, to offering marketing and media relations support for Estee Lauder, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, and The Nasdaq Stock Market.
Prior to joining American Express, Gail was a Vice President of Public Relations for Ogilvy & Mather in New York—before, during and after the hostile takeover bid of the company. She began her career heading publicity and promotion for George Braziller, an independent book publisher who specialized in art books and foreign fiction.
Gail has had a long-term commitment to being an active member of the communities in which she lives. As a result, she has helped teach pottery classes for the blind, manned a hotline for domestic violence victims and served as a hospice volunteer. She is also a Trustee of Tomorrow Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping educate AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children who live in the townships in South Africa. She is currently serving as an English conversationalist and is trained as a mock interviewer for immigrants studying for their U.S. citizenship exams.
She earned a B.S./B.A. degree in art history and communications from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.