Laurel Strategies, Inc. expands capabilities in China, Latin America, finance, and strategic communications: Adds senior advisors

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Laurel Strategies, Inc., the global CEO advisory and strategic communications firm announced today a number of new key additions that expand the firm’s capabilities and global expertise. 

“I am thrilled to welcome a new group of Senior Advisors to Laurel Strategies, who will deepen Laurel’s bench of expertise and reinforce our commitment to bringing the best experts to our CEO and C-Suite clients worldwide,” said Alan H. Fleischmann, President & CEO of Laurel Strategies.

New Senior Advisors are: 

Deborah Lehr brings a proven record of success, competence, and trusted insight that will help Laurel continue to grow and thrive in the Chinese market. Lehr currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Basilinna, a strategic business consulting firm focused on China and within the Middle East. She has worked for more than two decades at the highest levels of U.S.-Chinese relations, serving in senior positions in both the public and private sectors, including at the Paulson Institute, National Security Council, the Department of Treasury and the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Lehr is also a founder and Chairman of the Antiquities Coalition, which combats the looting of cultural heritage by organized crime and terrorists, with a focus on the Middle East. 

Katharine Weymouth is a recognized leader in the field of media, digital, and communications. She served as Publisher and CEO of The Washington Post from 2008 through 2014. Prior to that she spent 12 years in other roles at The Post ranging from Associate Counsel on the digital side of the business to VP for Advertising working with local, national and international businesses and their agencies. She was a lawyer at the law firm of Williams and Connolly from 1993 to 1996. She is a Director on the Board of Graham Holdings, an American corporation that oversees a number of large-market television stations, a higher education company, and serves on the board of Cable One. She also serves on the board of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C. She is on the Advisory Board at Fiscal Note and Spend Consciously. 

Nelson Ortiz has more than three decades of leadership experience in the financial services and private equity arenas. Mr. Ortiz is founding partner of Incus Capital, a private equity fund specializing in distressed assets in Spain and Portugal, with more than 600 million euros in assets under management. He is also a founding partner of Fondo de Valores Inmobiliarios, a real estate fund that manages over $400 million in assets in Latin America, and serves as an advisor to Oaktree, a California-based fund with over $100 billion in assets under management. Between 2000 and 2007, Mr. Ortiz was president and CEO of the Caracas Stock Exchange, where he oversaw the performance and operations of one of Latin America’s leading exchanges at the time. Mr. Ortiz is a graduate of Universidad Catolica in Caracas, Venezuela, Yale and Harvard University. 

Abby Spring adds to Laurel Strategies’ growing international development expertise as a senior advisor. She has worked for over 20 years at the intersection of social change, global sustainability, and international development. She is the founder and Principal of the communications consultancy, Spring Global, and has served as a communications strategist for top private firms, multilateral agencies, foundations, and NGOs, and has led many of the most high-profile development campaigns of the past 20 years. Previous roles include Senior Vice President for Global Social Responsibility at Edelman, directing communications efforts for the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Education and the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals campaign, and U.S. spokesperson for the World Food Program, the U.N.’s largest humanitarian agency. Gracie Sun joins Laurel as a senior advisor, where she will be advising the firm’s clients on engagement in China and with Chinese companies looking at overseas markets. Sun has represented and advised multinational corporations on market access, intellectual property, and investment issues in China. She has served as China Representative to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and represented major U.S., European and Chinese firms in the market. Sun lives and works in Shanghai. 

Leigh Wedell has joined Laurel Strategies as a senior advisor. Wedell will be counseling clients on cross-sector opportunities opening up within the growing U.S.-Chinese relationship. She is a veteran facilitator of U.S.-Chinese business relations, most recently serving as Chief Sustainability Officer at The Paulson Institute, a think tank founded by former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson focused on advancing growth in the United States and China. She has spent the past decade advising more than forty top U.S. and Chinese companies from a wide range of sectors on market access, profile- raising, and government relations. 

About Laurel Strategies, Inc. 

Laurel Strategies is a global CEO advisory and strategic communications firm that serves as a confidential advisor, strategist, and 24/7 resource for leaders of corporations, financial institutions, investment firms, start-ups, foundations and NGOs. Laurel helps its clients improve the development and execution of strategy, understand geopolitical dynamics, maximize positioning, build relationships, enhance the reach and impact of communications strategies, manage risk, succeed during transitions, close investment deals and increase the impact of philanthropy. Laurel Strategies has a global reach with a network that extends from the leadership of countries and industries, to the leaders of civil society, including the journalists and NGOs who shape public opinion. For more information on Laurel Strategies, please visit 

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