NEW YORK—Veteran corporate communicator Harvey Greisman, most recently senior vice president of worldwide communications at MasterCard Worldwide, died suddenly last week of a heart attack. He was 61.
At MasterCard, Greisman led the communications around the company’s initial public offering and created strong internal and external communications to build a culture of high performance. His responsibilities included worldwide media and influencer relations, executive and employee transformational communications, public policy support, and corporate philanthropy
Prior to MasterCard, he was vice president communications, global services and software at IBM Corporation during a period of rapid growth. He also served as the senior vice president, communications and public affairs for GTE Corporation, where he spent 16 years before the company became Verizon.
Greisman was a member of the Arthur W. Page Society Board of Trustees and on the board of the Institute for Public Relations. He was also on the board of directors of the United Nations Association.
According to William Margaritis, corporate vice president of global communications and investor relations at FedEx and president of the Arthur W. Page Society, “Harvey was a very thoughtful, committed and compassionate communications leader. Harvey was a quintessential gentleman. All of us who had the privilege of working with him over the years are very fond of the memories of a man who was very smart, inquisitive and had a zest for excellence.”
The family has asked that donations be made to the American Heart Association where a fund in his memory has been established. Donations can be made by clicking on the following link: http://tiny.cc/harveymemorial.