June 15, 2014
10:30am to 12:30pm

UCLA Royce Hall

Jane Bitar

Congratulations!  The Faculty and Staff of the Department of Communication Studies are looking forward to sharing this wonderful occasion with you.

This year's speaker will be Raymond G. Nasr.

Raymond Nasr is the former Director of Executive Communications at Google Inc. He held this role from 2001 to early 2005 and was responsible for several aspects of the public communications for the senior management of the company, including Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt as well as Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Prior to Google, Nasr was Director of Corporate Relations at Novell Inc, where he led the company's corporate and government relations efforts. Before Novell, Nasr held various positions in the areas of public relations and corporate speechwriting at Apple Computer Inc, and at Sun Microsystems Inc.

Since 2004, he has been a Communications Coach and Course Assistant at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University in the course on Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Said School of Business at Oxford University.

Currently, Nasr maintains a communications consultancy where he has advised a number of start-up companies and venture capital firms, including Pandora Media, Inc., Twitter, Inc., Snapchat, Inc., and Innovation Endeavors. He is also a past President of the Churchill Club, a Silicon Valley-based business and technology forum.

Nasr received his BA in Communication Studies from UCLA (1984), and his Law Degree with Honors from Pembroke College, Cambridge (1986).

In June of 2007, Nasr became a Certified Sommelier through the London-based Court of Master Sommeliers. And in January 2009 he was appointed Director of Wine Programs in the Wine Division of Silicon Valley Bank.