Shelly Lazarus has served as Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather, a global advertising and marketing communication company, since 2012. Prior to that, she served as Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather between 2008 and 2012 and as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer between 1996 and 2008. Prior to those roles, she also served as President of Ogilvy & Mather Direct North America, Ogilvy & Mather New York, and Ogilvy & Mather North America. She previously served on the board of directors of Merck from 2004 to 2020 and the General Electric Company from 2000 to 2018. She is currently a director of Blackstone, Inc. (since 2013). Ms. Lazarus is also vice chair and trustee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital and is a member of the board of overseers of Columbia Business School as well as several other charitable and civic organizations. Ms. Lazarus is a graduate of Smith College and received an M.B.A from Columbia University.