Dave Samson is general manager of Public Affairs for Chevron Corporation, a position he has held since 2004. His team is responsible for Chevron's communications strategies and activities, including digital/social engagement, media relations, employee engagement, executive communications, issues management and litigation communications. Dave's team is also responsible for corporate branding, advertising, research and analytics.
Dave joined Chevron from Oracle Corporation where he was vice president of International Public Relations and Executive Communications. Prior to joining Oracle, Dave was a partner at Ketchum Public Relations, where he oversaw the agency's San Francisco/Bay Area operations and six practices: Brand, Corporate, Healthcare, Food and Nutrition, Technology and Workplace. While at Ketchum, Dave provided counsel to a range of clients in the financial services, biotech and medical device industries.
Earlier in his career, Dave was vice president of Global Communications at Levi Strauss & Co., where he oversaw worldwide communications. He also worked at IBM as the director of International Communications and was IBM's first head of communications for IBM Global Services. Previously, Dave was senior manager of Investor and Corporate Relations for the Manville Corporation. Dave began his career at MGA Communications, a Denver-based public relations firm.
Dave is chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society, a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives. He is an Advisory Board Member for the Annenberg School of Journalism at USC and past chairman of the General Committee on Communications for the American Petroleum Institute.
Dave holds a B.A. in Journalism from Colorado State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.