New Canaan, CT
An award-winning, published writer and world traveler, Bill Douglass has an extensive background in corporate and financial communications for a variety of companies, both public and private, as well as non-profits and universities. A noted authority and speaker on PR and social media, Bill has advised firms including CompUSA and Live Nation on “social” strategy, and has been quoted as a Social Media Strategist in the AP, E-Commerce Times, MSN Money and elsewhere. In the March 2009 E-Commerce Times article he predicted that by September Twitter would be valued at $1B, which came to pass exactly on schedule. Bill has worked with a wide variety of clients, both public and private, including i.TV, Amyris Biotechnologies (AMRS), BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI), BioTime (BTX), Gentiva Health Services (GTIV), IncrediMail (MAIL), Live Nation (LYV), Systemax (SYX), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and the Batten Institute at UVA's Darden School. Before starting Gotham, Bill held a VP-level position with Brainerd Communicators, and prior to that was Deputy Director, Financial/Corporate Communications at the Investor Relations Group, managing media relations campaigns for a variety of public firms. In earlier years Bill was with a PR/promotions agency, P&F; Communications, working with clients such as Focus Features, New Line, and ShoWest. Before that he was with a non-profit, ORBIS, spearheading eye surgery programs on-board the organization’s DC-10 aircraft, “world’s only flying eye hospital,” in 20+ countries. A lifelong traveler, Bill has worked in or visited nearly 60 countries and every continent except Antarctica. Bill won the first Shell / Economist magazine Writing Prize, a worldwide futurist writing competition. The judges’ panel, which included Esther Dyson and Sir Mark Moody-Stewart, chose Bill’s entry over 3,000 submitted from 75 countries, awarding him the First Prize, which included publication in the Economist's annual flagship edition, "The World In," and $20,000.