WASHINGTON, D.C.—David Byrne, former European commissioner for Health & Consumer Protection and special envoy to the World Health Organization, Admiral Vernon Clark, former chief of U.S. naval operations, and Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the United States, have joined Fleishman-Hillard’s International Advisory Board.
Byrne has served as European commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection at the European Union in Brussels, where he played a leading role in the development of European health, food, and consumer policy and was responsible for establishing the European Food Safety Authority. He has since served as a special envoy to the World Health Organization in Geneva.
Clark completed a distinguished 37-year Navy career in 2005 as the second longest serving U.S. chief of naval operations. His command experience began as a lieutenant on missile gunboats and concluded at the Pentagon as the Navy’s senior officer and member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In between, he commanded ships, two destroyer squadrons, the Atlantic Fleet’s Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center, a carrier battle group, the Second Fleet, NATO’s Striking Fleet, and the Atlantic Fleet.
Meyer served as British ambassador to the United States from 1997 to 2003, and in his 36 years as a diplomat served in key positions including British ambassador to Germany, press secretary to Prime Minister John Major, press secretary to British Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe, and head of the political section of the British embassy in Moscow. He currently serves as chairman of the U.K.’s Press Complaints Commission.
The addition of Byrne, Clark, and Meyer brings membership of Fleishman-Hillard’s International Advisory Board to 16.