Gerard Smith is a Managing Principal with the Futures Strategy Group, following more than 30 years as a brand and marketing strategist with experience in advertising, branding and global marketing. He has an extensive background in creating solutions to strategic marketing challenges for many of the world’s best known companies: developing a value proposition, brand positioning, reviving a brand, global branding, market research design, communications development, and the measurement and evaluation of advertising and marketing effectiveness.
Prior to working with FSG he was Global Planning Director for Publicis in New York, and had been in a similar role for D’Arcy, Masius, Benton & Bowles, before its acquisition by Publicis in 2002. A Londoner, Gerard moved to New York in 1994 while working for Ogilvy and Mather, where he was worldwide planning director on IBM. His career began in 1978, at Masius Wynne-Williams in London. He joined and ultimately led the operations research department, a small group devoted to the development and pioneering application of sophisticated computer-based tools and analytical methods to address advertising and marketing problems.
Over the course of his career he has advised many world-class companies – IBM, Microsoft, Compaq, Ford in Europe and Detroit, Fiat, GM, Mars, Shell, Allied Breweries, Guinness, Heineken, Coca Cola, Procter and Gamble, Lever Brothers, SmithKline Beecham, Kimberly Clark, Credit Suisse, UBS and innumerable other brands and businesses in virtually every category. Mr. Smith has contributed articles to a variety of professional publications, was joint author of a book on econometric modeling with a professor at the London Business School, and chaired a Paris-based software user group.
He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, and lives with his wife in Washington, Connecticut.