Chris Perry

Chair, Weber Shandwick Futures

Chris Perry

Make plays... meaning in our business, attracting great clients, people, and compelling assignments — and delivering work that makes a difference.


How long have you worked at Weber Shandwick?

18 years. I started off in our Detroit offices as our client lead for General Motors. Later managed our offices in Detroit and Los Angeles until coming to New York to drive our digital and innovation agenda worldwide.

In five words or less, how would you describe your Weber Shandwick colleagues?

Are pros. Good people, too.

What is the best restaurant / your favorite meal in NY?

Mission Chinese. It’s weird, it’s creative, packed with spice. It's a one of a kind place -- get the Kung Pao Pastrami or Electric Noodle.

What is something people may not know about you?

I was a pro golf caddy as a teen. Early on that helped understand to deal with different types of people and situations. And learned a lot about how pros deal with high pressure moments.

What’s your passion outside of the workplace? What has it taught you that transfers to the office?

First and foremost, family. Second, I like to run — at times, great distances. Third, I read quite a lot. To me reading is required for creativity, perspective, and how to relate to people on a deep level. Lately I've recommended "The Seventh Sense" by Joshua Cooper Ramo, which illustrates how deeply networks wreak havoc on conventional thinking and the depth of change we’ll need to adapt to and embrace. Also, “Life the Movie,” which paints the picture for how celebrity and sensation now trump reason.

What’s the coolest (or weirdest) place a project has taken you?

My global role leads to too many cool places to say. Both great places and amazing client locales. But if I had to choose one, rickshaw tours of Delhi are among the most memorable. There's nothing in the world like it.