David A. Fuscus is president and CEO of Xenophon Strategies, a highly focused public relations firm serving many of the world’s largest companies and organizations. Xenophon has key practices in public affairs, public relations, reputation management, crisis communications and government affairs. The company has offices in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco, Calif. Bay Area.
“David is immensely talented. He is loaded with strategic management skills and grounded with a down-to-earth realism that allows him to tackle the toughest of problems,” said Jim Clark, the head of Public Policy at the American Society of Association Executives.
Previous to his tenure at Xenophon Strategies, Mr. Fuscus was Vice President of Communications for the airline industry’s trade association, the Air Transport Association. In this position, he was responsible for developing and implementing overall airline industry communications efforts, was a key political strategist for the ATA and served as the airline industry’s chief spokesperson.
Mr. Fuscus also has enjoyed a successful career in politics. He was Deputy Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge where he served as a key political and media adviser to the governor. He was also the Deputy Director of Ridge’s first election campaign and transition committee.
Prior to his tenure with Gov. Ridge, Mr. Fuscus spent nine years working in Congress as Director of Public Affairs for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and as Deputy Chief of Staff and Press Secretary to Congressman William F. Clinger. Mr. Fuscus has managed numerous political campaigns and continues to serve as a media and political adviser to politicians and business leaders alike.
“David is one of the finest PR and public affairs professionals in business today,” said Rick French, CEO of French/West/Vaughan, “When our clients need help strategizing how best to reach key decision makers… David is the first person we call.”
Mr. Fuscus is heavily involved in crisis communications and has worked with the media on major national and international crises, including representing the airline industry following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and playing a key communications role in eleven major airline accidents. He has worked on thirteen major hurricanes that have hit the United States including Hurricane Katrina.
Public relations and public affairs campaigns designed by Mr. Fuscus have won numerous awards, including the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award, the Thoth Award for Best External PR Campaign and the Thoth Best of Show Award for the year’s top public relations campaign.
Mr. Fuscus is a member of the Board of Directors of the public relations industry’s trade association, the Council of PR Firms. Xenophon Strategies is the Washington, D.C. member firm of the Global Public Relations Network.
“The last time we worked together, Xenophon helped produce a strategic plan that ultimately transformed a bankrupt technology company with a stock option probe into a successful $2.1 billion acquisition.”