Applying over 30 years of unique experience gained in both the public and private sectors, Ted advises some of the largest companies in the world by helping them navigate the crossroads of commercial, legal, policy, and regulatory challenges.
Ted helps clients build strategies related to business development, market expansion, and economic development in domestic and international markets. He brings a strong record of performance as a trusted adviser to global consumer retail brands in textile and apparel, personal care and beauty, and food and beverage.
Ted has experience with significant aspects of managing a global business, including reputation risk, external affairs, global trade, supply chain, store development, and retail operations. He is committed to advising clients through complex challenges to maximize opportunities for growth.
Prior to joining the firm, Ted was senior vice president of public affairs for Starbucks, where he helped lead the company’s external affairs portfolio in the U.S., the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Canada. He also spent several years as vice president of company affairs for the former L Brands Corp. and its portfolio of businesses, including Bath & Body Works, Victoria’s Secret, PINK, The Limited, Express, Structure, Henri Bendel, and Lerner (now New York & Company). Ted was a key adviser for new retail concepts, global sourcing and production operations, stakeholder engagement, risk management, and crisis preparedness.
Ted also has comprehensive experience working in the public sector at many levels of government. He was a Special Assistant United States Attorney, deputy legal counsel to the governor of the state of Ohio, and a senior counsel to the Ohio Attorney General.
Professional and Community Involvement
Board member, The Ohio State University Alumni Association
Board member, Ohio Excels
Board member, Columbus State Community College Foundation
Board member, Goodwill Columbus
Development board member, Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Chapter co-leader, The Karen Wellington Foundation
Former board member, JobsOhio Beverage System
Former member, The Ohio State University Athletic Council
Former board member, Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Former chair, Make-a-Wish Foundation - Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana Chapter
The Ohio State Alumni Association Josephine Sitterle Failer Award
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Outstanding Young Alumnus Award