William G. Margaritis
Managing Partner, ELP Solutions
William G. Margaritis oversees all reputation management, investor relations, public relations, employee communications and social responsibility programs for FedEx and its subsidiaries in 220 countries. Since joining FedEx in May 1997, Margaritis has built broad public understanding of the value and benefits of the evolution of FedEx from an air express carrier to a full-service global transportation and logistics powerhouse.
During Margaritis’ tenure, FedEx has been regularly ranked in the top 10 on the FORTUNE magazine “World’s Most Admired Companies,” “Best Places to Work” and the Harris Interactive Annual Reputation Quotient “Most Reputable Companies” lists. Under his leadership, the FedEx communications program has been recognized as “best-of-class” in the discipline of reputation management and culture.
At FedEx, Margaritis has led communications efforts for various crises, acquisitions, rebranding initiatives, employee change management programs and new go-to-market strategies. He is also the current chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society, the preeminent association for senior corporate communications and public relations executives.
Prior to joining FedEx, Margaritis was vice president of Bechtel International, based in London, England, and was responsible for managing public relations and marketing communications for Europe, Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia. He also worked in Washington, D.C., and Athens, Greece, for separate divisions of the company.
Margaritis also has broad experience in government affairs through positions with Occidental Petroleum, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Michigan State Senate. In 1984, he worked with the Reagan-Bush re-election campaign as the Deputy Director for the State of Michigan.
He serves on boards including the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, the Arthur Page Society, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, the We Are Family Foundation, the Board of Counselors for the Council on Public Relations Agencies and the U.S. War College Strategic Communications Council. He also served as a Jury Commissioner in Shelby County, Tenn.
A native of Greece, Margaritis immigrated to the U.S. with his family at the age of 8. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University. Margaritis and his family reside in Memphis, Tennessee.