Lou Capozzi serves as an adjunct professor in the New York University Master of Science program in Public Relations and Corporate Communications, teaching courses in business skills and public relations management, both in-house and in consultancy firms. Until his recent retirement, Mr. Capozzi was chairman of the Publicis Public Relations and Corporate Communications Group, which includes all of the public relations firms and related agencies in the world's fourth largest communications holding company. He had been CEO of MS&L, one of the world's largest public relations firms, when it was acquired by Publicis in 2002. He joined the MS&L in 1990 as Director of Creative and Strategic Development, and was named CEO in 1997. Mr. Capozzi was formerly Vice President of Corporate Communications for Aetna Life & Casualty, then America's largest public insurer, where he spent eight years managing advertising, corporate and marketing public relations, financial and shareholder communications, employee communications and investor relations support.
Mr. Capozzi is active on many boards, including Emerging Med in New York, a clinical trial recruiting service, and Chairman of the Advisory Board of Rx4Good. Lou served as Chairman of the Board of The Reciprocity Foundation, helping homeless teens find opportunities in creative professions. He is a member of the New York advisory board of the National Parks Conservation Association, and advises their communications organization on brand positioning. He was recently a member of the board of Business for Diplomatic Action, a group working to improve America's relationships with the rest of the world. He is also a former board member of American Rivers, the nation's largest river protection organization. He also serves on the advisory committee of the College of Charleston.
Mr. Capozzi is a marketing and journalism graduate of the New York University School of Business, and he holds an MBA in Finance from the Bernard Baruch Graduate School of Business.