Helio Fred Garcia is the president and founder of the crisis management firm LOGOS Consulting Group,and is the executive director of the LOGOS INSTITUTE for Crisis Management & Executive Leadership. He is widely regarded as a leading expert in crisis management and crisis communication.
Fred is a coach, counselor, teacher, writer, and speaker. He advises and coaches leaders of some of the largest and best-known companies and organizations in the world. In addition to serving North American clients, Fred has had an active international practice, advising clients in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Australia.
Fred has 28 years of experience counseling securities firms, banks, insurance companies, specialized financial and professional service firms, corporations, not-for-profits, and governments. He has particular expertise in crisis management, corporate litigation support, struggles for corporate control, international financial transactions, securities offerings, corporate governance, and business ethics.
Fred has coached nearly 200 CEOs of major corporations, plus thousands of other high-profile people in other complex fields, including doctors, lawyers, financial executives, and military officers. These executives were in industries as diverse as pharmaceuticals, energy, heavy manufacturing, biotechnology, computer software, financial services, law firms, advertising agencies, religious denominations, universities, and not-for-profit advocacy groups.
In the 1980s he served as head of public relations for a global investment bank and for a large public accounting firm. In the 1990s Fred headed the crisis practice of a leading national strategic communication consulting firm.
Fred is an adjunct professor of management at New York University, where he has taught for 20 years. He teaches crisis management in the Executive MBA program of the Stern School of Business. He teaches courses in communication strategy and in communication ethics, law, and regulation in the Master’s in Corporate Communication program in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He has received the school’s awards for teaching excellence and for outstanding service.
Fred is also on the associate faculty of the Starr King School for the Ministry - Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA, where he teaches a seminar on religious leadership for social change. He is a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, the Center for Securities Studies of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, the Brookings Institution, and other universities.
Fred is a frequent speaker and author on topics including crisis management, business ethics, corporate disclosure, and journalist/source relationships. His two-volume bookCrisis Communications was published in 1999 by AAAA Publications(Vol I , Vol II). He is co-author (with John Doorley) of Reputation Management: The Key to Successful Public Relations and Corporate Communication. He was technical editor and editorial advisor for The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Successful Business Presentations (Alpha, 1997).
His article “Effective Leadership Response to Crisis” which appeared in the January/February 2006 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Strategy & Leadership,received the Highly Commended Award at the Emerald Literati Networks 2007 Awards for Excellence. Fred is accredited by the Public Relations Society of America, and received the Society’s New York Chapter’s Philip Dorf Award for mentoring.
Fred has an MA in philosophy from Columbia University, and studied classical Greek language and literature in the Greek Institute of the City University of New York Graduate Center. He has a BA with honors in politics and philosophy from New York University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Mount Saint Mary College.
Fred is immediate past chair and member of the board of directors of the Friends of the Neuberger Museum of Art. He was named Westchester County (NY) Arts Patron of the Year for 2006 by the Westchester Arts Council. He is a member of the national steering committee of the human rights organization Freedom to Marry. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Disaster Chaplaincy Services and of The Interfaith Alliance.