Heidi Sinclair

Senior Strategist, Burson-Marsteller
Hall of Fame Awards Induction Banquet

Heidi Sinclair has spent her 35-year communications career living at the intersection of technology, culture, and social impact. As the first Chief Communications Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, she built and ran the marketing, communications, and content functions, served as spokesperson, and raised Bill and Melinda Gates' profiles as they transitioned to the Foundation.

In addition, Ms. Sinclair has guided CEO and CXO transitions for Richemont, Siemens, SAP, Apple, Chloe, Henkel, and American Airlines. An early player on the technology scene, she has been involved in many of the seminal products and technologies, including the first personal computer and laptop, early mobile technology, Java and various programming languages, a multitude of computing architectures, the genesis of bio and genetic engineering, and various waves of Internet-based applications and businesses.

Ms. Sinclair recently returned to Burson-Marsteller, currently serving as Senior Strategist. During previous stints there, she revitalized the firm's EMEA business as its European CEO and served as the first Global Chairman of Technology for Burson-Marsteller, where she spearheaded a worldwide team working on technology clients including SAP, HP, Sun, and Apple. As an executive at talent agency International Creative Management, Ms. Sinclair ran its corporate, digital, gaming, celebrity estates and investment transaction businesses, then left to pioneer the branded content space. She founded two companies in marketing and communications, the first at age 23, and has written and commented for CNBC, CNN and Fortune, Forbes, Techonomy and in her blog for the Huffington Post.