Named “PR Person of the Year” by the authoritative industry publication PR Week Magazine, Michael Holtzman is one of the most honored and sought-after communications strategists in the world.
Michael managed the successful global public relations campaign on behalf of China’s bid to host the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This extraordinarily successful engagement was named “Campaign of the Year” by PR Week. Michael also headed the international communications team behind Vancouver’s successful bid to host the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Most recently, he led his firm’s work on behalf of Qatar’s winning bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He also worked with Iraqi Governing Council member Ayad Allawi, who went on to become Iraq’s first post-Saddam Prime Minister, and was a close advisor to Iraqi Interior Minister Jawad Al Bolani.
Michael specializes in high-level strategy and advice, including messaging, creative direction, international political strategy, and media relations.
Michael’s clientele includes a broad range of non-governmental, academic, media, corporate, and governmental organizations in the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and Asia. A founder of the firm’s Arabian Gulf headquarters in Doha, Qatar, his high-level international political and business clientele includes various United Nations bodies, the Republic of Gabon, the Kingdom of Morocco, and Ecuador. Michael has spearheaded a number of innovative people-to-people initiatives between the US and China, Russia, and elsewhere.
At the government’s request, Michael was seconded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency following the September 11th terrorist attacks. Reprising a role he held with FEMA during the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, Michael served as a media liaison from Ground Zero. He later served as an advisor to the Director of Policy Planning Staff at the US Department of State during the tenure of Secretary Colin Powell. During the Clinton Administration, Michael worked in the Executive Office of the President as Special Advisor for Public Affairs to the United States Trade Ambassador. He was Director of Public Affairs at the Council on Foreign Relations from 1996-1998.
Michael is the author of a number of articles on foreign affairs, including two important commentaries on US public diplomacy published in the New York Times.
Michael serves on the Board of Trustees at Washington College in Maryland and on the Advisory Board of the Reves Center for International Studies at The College of William and Mary in Virginia, his alma mater.