Ted Smyth
Ted SmythD.Edward (Ted) Smyth

A leader in strategic communications, brand management and government affairs, Ted Smyth has been a senior executive at two Fortune 200 companies and an Irish diplomat. He now serves on the boards of Glucksman Ireland House NYU and Marlboro College and is Chair of the Clinton Institute in University College Dublin.

He retired from his role as EVP Corporate Affairs at McGraw Hill Financial in 2015, a company whose brands include Standard & Poor’s, S&P Dow Jones Indices and Platts Energy Benchmarks. He was a member of the Company’s Executive Committee and responsible for a wide portfolio, including government relations, corporate communications, public policy, crisis communications and social responsibility. He was a key member of the leadership team that managed the sale of McGraw Hill Education and the formation of the new McGraw Hill Financial.

Ted was Chief Administrative Officer of the H.J. Heinz Company from 2003 to 2009 where he was responsible for Global Human Resources, Communications, Government Affairs and Crisis Management. He led the recruitment of senior talent and organization changes as the company expanded rapidly in new markets such as India, China, Indonesia, South Africa and Philippines. While at Heinz, he championed the Heinz Micronutrient Campaign, the Weight Watchers’ focus on healthy weight metrics, the Dolphin-Safe policy of Star-Kist tuna and Heinz ketchup marketing initiatives.

Ted was an Irish diplomat for 15 years, from 1972 to 1988, serving in Portugal, Geneva, the United States and the United Kingdom. He participated in the Northern Ireland peace process, seeking support amongst key stakeholders for a non-violent, just solution. Ted served in the Department of the Taoiseach (Prime Minister) as Deputy Director of Government Information Services and as an Advisor on Northern Ireland. He served in the Secretariat of the New Ireland Forum (1983-84) which forged a historic consensus for a political solution to the NI conflict and laid the ground work for the 1986 Anglo-Irish Agreement. As Head of Press and Information in the United States from 1976 to 1981 he worked successfully with Irish government agencies, including IDA Ireland, to attract American companies to invest and create jobs in Ireland.

Ted has served on the boards of the Hain Celestial Food Company, the Africa America Institute and the Ireland Funds. He holds an Honors BA in History and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin. He lives in New York City and New Hampshire, and is married to the writer, Mary Breasted. Hobbies include jogging, hiking, history and painting.

Ted and Jimmy Galway
With Jimmy Galway at Glucksman Ireland House NYU annual gala.

media briefing 1984
Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Garret FitzGerald gives a media briefing in 1984 at the New Ireland Forum with Forum Press Secretary, Ted Smyth

Ted Smyth press secretary
Ted Smyth, Press Secretary of the New Ireland Forum (rear right), assembling leaders of the Forum at Dublin Castle in 1984: left to right, Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald, SDLP leader (and future Nobel Prize winner) John Hume, Chairman Colm O hEocha (also President of UCG), Opposition leader Charles Haughey and Tanaiste Dick Spring

Interviews & Publications

June 22, 2018
Freedom and liberal democracy must return to States
Trinity’s honouring of Hillary Clinton taps into desire to turn tide on Trump

July 4, 2017
Time to tackle the emerging crisis in Irish American identity
The effective absence of a new generation of Irish immigrants has raised important new questions

January 18, 2017
Professor Ronan Fanning: A giant of Irish historiography
Ted Smyth reflects on the incisive intellect and modern mind that was Prof Fanning

December 31, 2016
Sir Robert Armstrong: ‘Nothing will ever be the same again in NI’
State papers 1986: UK secretary said Anglo-Irish Agreement resulted in ‘fundamental change’
written by John Bowman

December 28, 2016
Democrats face eight hard steps to retake the White House
Despite catastrophic loss to Donald Trump, the pulverised party can still pick itself up

November 14, 2015
New Ireland Forum helped begin process of changing hearts and minds
Shift in nationalist demands allowed forum to become launchpad for lobbying

Brexit logo
March 8, 2016
Opinion Op-Ed
Brexit Vote Has High Stakes in Northern Ireland

Infrastructure Funding
Converting a Daunting Gap Into a New Stimulus for Global Growth and Stability

By Douglas L. Peterson and Ted Smyth

New York University,

February 24, 2015

Speech by Ted Smyth on receiving
the Lew Glucksman Leadership Award at Glucksman Ireland House’s Gala Dinner

Pittsburgh Gazette:

May 6, 2014
Reconciliation still needed in Northern Ireland
The Adams case is the result of unfinished business

I have frequently argued that the peace process in Northern Ireland is a model for conflict resolution elsewhere in the world. The 1998 Good Friday agreement had built on earlier breakthroughs like the 1985 Anglo-Irish Agreement to enable pro-British Protestants and pro-Irish Catholics to join in a power-sharing government that ended decades of murder and violence.

February 10, 2009
Mr. Ambassador


January 7, 2007
Forum: Toward a safer world America faces a choice between two contrasting policies to make the world safer in the age of terrorism.


September 2001
The (Successful) Irish Response to Terrorism
Americans should reflect on what worked and what did not work to defeat 30 years of terror

UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies

UCD has a long and distinguished history in the teaching of American Studies. University College Dublin successfully tendered for the project and the UCD Clinton Institute for American Studies has been formally established at UCD, which recognises the need to develop a resource for the island of Ireland as a whole, as well as to interact with other networks of excellence in American Studies in the United States, European Union and beyond.

Trinity Tales: Trinity College Dublin in the Seventies
October 2011

These time-capsule recollections of Trinity College students in the seventies include those of U2 manager Paul McGuinness, director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan, novelist James Ryan, writer Robert O'Byrne, judge Fidelma Macken, publisher Antony Farrell, Dillie Keane of Fascinating Aida, Mary Harney, Liz O'Donnell, Ted Smyth and others, who have in different ways shaped the Ireland of today.

CMO 2.0 Conversation with Ted Smyth,
EVP, Corporate Affairs at the McGraw-Hill Companies

March 18, 2011

Written by Francois Gossieaux

New School:
World Policy Journal, Spring 2005:

Ted Smyth took part in the Irish peace process as an Irish diplomat in the United States, Britain, and the secretariat of the New Ireland Forum.

The Unsung Heroes of the Irish Peace Process
Why did the Irish peace process eventually succeed in stopping the sectarian killing after centuries of violence in Ireland and when other sectarian conflicts still rage around the world? Might there be lessons the Irish could teach the world about reconciling bitter enemies?

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