Blake Simpson was appointed as senior vice president and chief communications officer in December 2022.
Blake leads global corporate communications, including investor, government, and media relations, and sustainability. She is responsible for the development and implementation of Adtalem’s enterprise brand and communications strategy, sharing the compelling story of Adtalem to customers, shareholders, employees, and communities worldwide.
In her previous roles, Blake built and grew some of the world’s most iconic brands across technology, QSR and retail by harnessing the power of responsible storytelling and creating consistent and compelling inside-out narratives. With more than 20 years of experience, she has a deep-rooted expertise in supporting large-scale enterprise strategies, executive leaders, employees, consumers, and communities through impactful, strategic communications.
At Under Armour, Blake oversaw a global team responsible for telling the world about Under Armour – a leading inventor, marketer and distributor of branded athletic performance apparel, footwear, and accessories whose innovative products and experiences are designed to help advance human performance, making athletes better. She played a pivotal role in shifting the company’s strategic vision from product-led to purpose-led, setting the momentum and sustainment for the next 25 years of Under Armour.
From her earlier roles at 30 Rock with NBC News, to positions at Yahoo!, Levi's and Old Navy, Blake established herself as an industry leader and communications expert and has been at the forefront of the ever-shifting communications landscape.
Blake is a founding member of CHIEF and contributes as an advisor to unicorn startup Fetch Rewards, a fast-growing consumer loyalty shopper rewards app boasting millions of users. In 2020, Blake also took the TedX stage to deliver a keynote on the danger of misinformation in the media, and how the 2020 societal and political landscape amplified the narrative. In addition to providing ongoing strategic counsel and thought-leadership, Blake was recognized as a PRWeek 2021 Hall of Femme honoree.
Blake earned a Master of Science in journalism from Boston University and her Bachelor of Science in comparative politics from the University of California at Davis.