BIOGRAPHY: PHILIP H. GEIER, JR.
But Geier's career was not only about insightful business decisions. His dedication to activism and strong support of the advertising industry were instrumental in protecting the industry's interests. He was the first Chairman of PRO-AD PAC, the industry's political action arm. He was a prime mover in forming the Ad Tax Coalition, personally walking the halls of the Capital and pleading the industry's case to legislators. He was a staunch advocate of the First Amendment and also a founding member of the European Advertising Tripartite, which was the combined effort of European clients, agencies and the media to ensure fair and balanced treatment for our industry by the EU in Brussels and Strasbourg.
In addition, Geier served as Chairman of the Ad Council, was an active member of the Business Council, created economic stimulus proposals for three administrations and served on a number of government task forces.
After retirement, Geier continues to be deeply engaged in a number of charitable causes. He serves as trustee for the boards of Autism Speaks, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Save the Children Federation, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He also serves on the Board of Overseers for Columbia University Business School and as an avid tennis player, sits on the board of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
In February 2001, Geier formed The Geier Group LLC to provide consulting/advisory services in marketing, communications and venture capital. Additionally, he continues to serve as director on the boards of AEA Investors Inc. and Fiduciary Trust International Inc. and is a Senior Advisor at Lazard Frères & Co. LLC. He recently retired as director from the boards of Alcon Laboratories, Inc., Foot Locker Inc. and Mettler-Toledo International, Inc.
Phil Geier has been married to his wife Faith, with whom he has two daughters and four grandchildren, for over forty years.