Leading Authorities Announces New President and CEO, Matthew Jones


Matt Jones

Leading Authorities, Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of a new President and Chief Executive Officer, Matthew Jones. Jones previously served as Leading Authorities’ Chief Operating Officer from 2010 – 2019. Jones will assume leadership of the firm immediately. A 23-year veteran of the company, Jones joined LAI in 1996, when it was an emerging player in the speaking industry.

Jones was elected by the board of directors to assume the role following Mark French’s passing in May of 2019. Over the course of his tenure, and with the help of an amazing team, Jones has helped grow LAI into one of the country’s foremost speakers bureaus and stewarded the development of the video and live events business lines, as well as the as the growth of the trade publication, CEO Update. Jones has worked closely with the firm’s impressive talent roster as well as key client accounts over his career, and will continue to foster relationships as CEO and grow new networks for LAI.

“For the past 23 years, I’ve been able to come to work every day surrounded by an amazing team of people, many of who I’ve worked with for over 20 years, in an industry that’s as exciting and fun today as it was the first day I walked in through the door,” Jones said of the appointment. “I’m humbled by the trust they’ve shown in me, and I look forward to working with all of them to continue to grow this great company.”

As President and CEO, Jones will be responsible for growing all lines of LAI business, serving and supporting the needs of our clients, speakers, and employees, and help positioning the company for future success. Prior to his roles at Leading Authorities, Jones worked on political campaigns in advertising, media buying, and fund-raising capacities.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in Chicago and London, Leading Authorities speakers bureau exclusively represents world-class talent, including former political, media, and military leaders, prime ministers, broadcast journalists, best-selling authors, renowned CEOs, and acclaimed figures from popular culture. The Leading Authorities portfolio also includes LAI Video and LAI Live, divisions which help organizations elevate their communication capabilities with video and enhance their large-scale events with high-end live production. LAI also publishes CEO Update, the association sector’s top news resource for c-level executives focused on trends, best practices, and careers. 

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