Robert L. Dilenschneider formed The Dilenschneider Group in October, 1991.
Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Dilenschneider served as president and chief executive officer of Hill and Knowlton, Inc. from 1986 to 1991, tripling that Firm's revenues to nearly $200 million and delivering more than $30 million in profit. Mr. Dilenschneider was with that organization for nearly 25 years.
Mr. Dilenschneider started in public relations in 1967 in New York, shortly after receiving an M.A. in journalism from Ohio State University, and a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
Experienced in a number of communications disciplines, Mr. Dilenschneider is frequently called upon by the media to provide commentary and strategic public relations insights on major news stories. He has counseled major corporations, professional groups, trade associations and educational institutions, and has assisted clients in dealings with regulatory agencies, labor unions, consumer groups and minorities, among others.
Mr. Dilenschneider is a member of the advisory board of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and sits on the Board of Governors of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the North American Advisory Board of The Michael Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin. Bob is a member of The Bretton Woods Committee, a trustee of the Institute of International Education, a member of the American Lung Association’s President’s Council, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Red Cross. He is a member of the Soundwaters Honorary Board, and serves as a judge for The Olin Award, a program of the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He has served on numerous corporate boards.
Mr. Dilenschneider is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the U.S.-Japan Business Council, the Economic Clubs of New York and Chicago, and the Florida Council of 100. He also is a member of the Public Relations Society of America, the International Public Relations Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Florence Biennale of Cultural Heritage and Landscape. He is a Fellow to the International Association of Business Communicators. In recognition of his contribution in promoting New York City, Mr. Dilenschneider received the City’s Big Apple award. In 2001, he received an honorary Doctorate of Public Service degree from Muskingum College.
Mr. Dilenschneider has been called the “Dean of American Public Relations Executives” and is widely published, having authored twelve books including the best selling A Briefing for Leaders, On Power, The Critical 14 Years of Your Professional Life, Moses: C.E.O, The Critical 2nd Phase of your Professional Life, 50 Plus!—Critical Career Decisions for the Rest of Your Life, A Time for Heroes, and most recently, Power and Influence: The Rules Have Changed. He has lectured before scores of professional organizations and colleges, including the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, New York University and The Harvard Business School.