Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President Christian Foster, based in the firm’s McLean, Virginia, office, is a leader in the firm’s civil health business. Previously, as a strategy and organization expert, he focused on strategic communications within the healthcare business. His professional experience includes a broad knowledge of public health, managed care, healthcare provider groups, media relations, and pharmaceutical marketing, as well as alliance development and social media. He has worked in a variety of environments ranging from global public relations agencies and trade associations to national political campaigns and healthcare provider groups.
Mr. Foster led many national and global public awareness and communications campaigns for companies including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Amgen, and Novartis. He specializes in working with the federal government and private healthcare companies on stakeholder engagement and public education campaigns. In addition to leading and implementing global communications campaigns, he has extensive experience in crisis and litigation communications.
In the public health arena, he has led communications, marketing, and grassroots campaigns for the US Department of Health and Human Services (Office of the Secretary), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the Office of Minority Health.
Prior to joining Booz Allen Hamilton, Mr. Foster served as Chairman of the US Healthcare Practice for Burson-Marsteller, a global public relations firm. In that role, he led the company’s efforts to expand its footprint into the public health sector and other key market sectors, including health information technology, pharmacy benefit management, and clinical diagnostics. His key clients included Accenture, Intel, Sanofi Aventis, and Quest Diagnostics.
In addition to healthcare, Mr. Foster’s background includes working in sports and entertainment, travel and tourism, financial services, and consumer products. In the past, he has served as adjunct professor and guest lecturer at Columbia University, Western Kentucky University, and Howard University on topics ranging from strategic communications to health policy.
Mr. Foster is on the national Board of Directors for Inroads, Inc., the International Association of Measurement and Evaluation of Communication, and Burgundy Farm Country Day School. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the regional chapter of the American Heart Association, Board of Directors for the Child Family Network Center and the Benefactors Board of the University of Virginia’s College of Arts and Sciences.
He has a B.A. degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia and an M.S. degree in applied behavior science from Johns Hopkins University.
profile updated April 2013