Fruzsina M. Harsanyi, Ph.D.
Dr. Fruzsina M. Harsanyi is a consultant on public affairs and a member of the
Adjunct Faculty of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She has 30 years
experience managing the public affairs function for several U.S. and non-U.S.
multinational corporations. She has been on the faculty of the Corporate Public Affairs
Institute in Melbourne, Australia for 14 years.
From 2003-2008, Dr. Harsanyi was Vice President, Global Public Affairs for
Tyco International Inc., a diversified global company operating in more than 60
countries with 118,000 employees. Prior to 2007 when the company split into three
separate, publicly-traded companies, it had total revenues of $40 billion.
Working closely with senior management and with Tyco divisions around the world,
Dr.Harsanyi was responsible for managing the company’s public affairs programs at
the state, federal and international levels. She created Tyco’s first company-wide
public affairs function and its first public affairs practice in China and Mexico. She
designed and implemented a multi-year campaign to respond to the legislative,
political and reputational challenges the company faced after a scandal
that almost destroyed the company. She has been recognized for building Tyco’s
reputation with government decision-makers and other stakeholders and protecting
shareholder value against punitive legislation.
In preparation for the Tyco split in 2007, she created the organizational design for the
public affairs function of the three new companies. Importantly, all of them play a
strategic role in supporting the business objectives of their respective companies with
proactive issues management and reputation management programs.
Prior to joining Tyco, Dr. Harsanyi served for 13 years as Senior Vice President of
Public Affairs and Corporate Communications for ABB Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the
ABB Group, a Swiss-Swedish global company. By managing an integrated program of
employee communications, external communications, and government relations, she
positioned ABB as a respected U.S. company and a leader on issues of importance to
it. She advised the Zurich-based management of the parent company on the political
and regulatory environment in which the company was operating in the U.S.
Earlier, she worked for Combustion Engineering (1980-90), and the Continental Group
(1978-80), and in the U.S. Government where she served as Special Assistant to the
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a federal cabinet-level agency,
which she joined as a Presidential Executive in 1974.
She has written and lectured on public affairs for more than 30 years. In the fall of
2009, she will teach a graduate course on managing public affairs, which she created
for Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Dr. Harsanyi serves on several boards in Washington, D.C., including: Arena Stage,
the Executive Council on Diplomacy, the Bryce Harlow Foundation, and the National
Archives Foundation. Formerly, she was on the board of Meridian International, the
National Foreign trade Council, the Public Affairs Council, the European-American
Business Council, the Georgetown University Landegger Program on International
Diplomacy, Vectra Technologies, and the Council for Excellence in Government. She is
on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of International Affairs, American
University and on the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Council on International
Dr. Harsanyi is a member of the Business-Government Relations Council, the Carlton
Club, and the International Women’s Forum. She received her BA and MA in
international relations and a Ph.D. in government from the American University.