Ray is President of RJP Communications LLC, developing and implementing public affairs strategies and plans to achieve clients’ communications, stakeholder engagement and business objectives. Ray has more than 25 years’ experience in public affairs, including responsibility for advising seven presidents/CEOs at AstraZeneca and Freddie Mac, with proven capabilities in executive communications, speechwriting, media strategies and training, marketing communications, employee communications, change management, advocacy relations and crisis communications.
While at AstraZeneca, Ray led communications for an unprecedented nine cancer medicine launches within 12 months and developed the communications strategy and plan for the largest restructuring in the company’s history. He served five years as Vice President, Corporate Communications, for the company’s US business. While at Freddie Mac, he led executive and employee communications, including overseeing crisis communication strategies and plans following the 9/11 attacks and during federal investigations.
Before leading corporate and marketing communications teams at AstraZeneca and Freddie Mac, he worked for several newspapers, including The Washington Times and The Virginian Pilot, as an editor and reporter. He began his career as a financial analyst for General Electric and Lotus Development.
Ray holds a bachelor’s in Economics and History from the College of William and Mary and a master’s in Journalism from Northwestern University. He has served on the boards of the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware and the AstraZeneca Healthcare Foundation.