Brian Besanceney is chief communications officer of The Boeing Company and senior vice president of Communications. He oversees all aspects of Boeing communications, including business unit communications, corporate communications, media relations, public affairs, leadership communications, employee engagement and corporate branding, as well as channel and content marketing. He is also a member of the company’s Executive Council.
Before joining Boeing, Besanceney was senior vice president and chief communications officer for Walmart Inc. where he led the company’s global communications team, including media, associate and stakeholder communications, along with the company’s corporate social and digital channels and special events.
A seasoned global executive and recognized corporate affairs leader, Besanceney brings more than 25 years of strategic communications, government relations and corporate social responsibility experience.
He previously held executive roles at The Walt Disney Company, serving as senior vice president of Public Affairs for Walt Disney World, where he led internal and external communications and corporate citizenship, as well as leading worldwide government and industry relations across Disney’s global Parks & Resorts division. Prior to that, he was vice president of Public Affairs for Business Development for Disney’s Parks & Resorts division.
Besanceney also served as deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the U.S. Department of State, assistant secretary for Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and deputy White House communications director under President George W. Bush. Previously he served as communications director for then-U.S. Rep. Rob Portman, as well as a public relations and government relations consultant.
Besanceney currently sits on the Board of Directors for Orlando Health and the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Public Relations, and is a member of Page. He previously served on the boards of the Trust for the National Mall and Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Besanceney received a degree in history and political science from The Ohio State University.