George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Brown & Brown Distinguished Speaker Series

(formerly Johnson & Strachan)

A diverse group of corporate leaders and government officials discuss the strategic and operational issues critical to the nation’s ability to sustain and enhance its competitive edge in a global economy. Founded in 2008, this community-based academic initiative will enrich the educational experience of the School of Business' students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.

Students, faculty, and alumni are all encouraged to join the conversation and follow live coverage of each speaker series on Twitter using #BBspeaker


Fall 2019

Featuring Andy Pharoah

Vice President of Corporate Affairs & Sustainability
Mars, Incorporated

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Wednesday, November 20
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

George Mason University Fairfax Campus, Harris Theatre

Andy Pharoah joined the Mars Leadership Team in 2016 and serves as the vice president, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability. In his role, Pharoah leads the company’s communications, government relations, stakeholder engagement and corporate brand. His responsibilities include management team and Board of Directors effectiveness. Pharoah also stewards Mars, Incorporated’s ambitious sustainability objectives and the programs in place to make the company’s operations Sustainable in a Generation.

Prior to his current role, Pharoah served as senior vice president of Corporate Affairs, Sustainability & Strategy for Wrigley, a segment of Mars, Incorporated. His responsibilities encompassed all aspects of Corporate Affairs, leadership of Global Sustainability, and leadership of the development and deployment of Wrigley’s business strategy.

A native Londoner, Pharoah began his career in U.K. politics. He then spent 13 years with the international communications consultancy Hill & Knowlton, where he worked with a wide range of companies, governments and NGOs as Head of the Corporate Practice for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Pharoah holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from the University of Leicester. He has been living in the US for a decade and has finally begun to understand and enjoy baseball. He is an Executive Committee Member of the Washington National Opera. He also serves on the Council of the Asia Society Policy Institute.

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