Ted Smyth

A leader in government and public affairs, and brand management,
Ted Smyth has been a senior executive at two Fortune 200 companies and an Irish diplomat.
He is now President of the Advisory Board of Glucksman Ireland House NYU
and he is Chair of the Clinton Institute for American Studies in University College Dublin.


Ted Smyth
Ted Smyth

A leader in government and public affairs, and brand management, Ted Smyth has been a senior executive at two Fortune 200 companies and an Irish diplomat. He is now President of the Advisory Board of Glucksman Ireland House NYU and is Chair of the Clinton Institute for American Studies 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 evolution of McGraw Hill Financial to S&P Global.

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 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 groundwork 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 and a Master of Arts from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU. Ted publishes regularly on Irish and Irish American issues, including a chapter on the New Ireland Forum in Brokering the Good Friday Agreement: the untold story (ed; Mary Daly), Royal Irish Academy, 2019, and an article on Irish America in the 1980s in the Journal of American Ethnic HIstory, He lives in New York City and New Hampshire, is married to the writer, Mary Breasted and is a delighted grandfather of three granddaughters. Hobbies include jogging, hiking, politics, history and painting.

With Jimmy Galway at Glucksman Ireland House NYU annual gala.

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


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Interviews & Publications


October 23, 2020
How Joe Biden and his daughter helped save the dolphins

August 5, 2020
"Great peacemaker" John Hume remembered
a by longtime friend

July 30, 2020
Sixty Irish American leaders call for end to racism
in honor of John Lewis

December 13, 2019
Irish America has a vital role in North’s future and in
US-Europe Relations.
The “Bridging the Atlantic” conference

August 7, 2020

A GUIDE for the GOYIM, Pete Hamill

July 30 2020
Congressman John Lewis, whose funeral was taking place
in Atlanta today.

Winter, 2020 
Irish American Organizations and the Northern Ireland
Conflict in the 1980s: Heightened Political Agency
and Ethnic Vitality


September 2019
The New Ireland Forum: redefining Irish Nationalism and
Setting the Agenda for the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

edited by Mary E. Daly


Mon Jun 20 2022
Irish diaspora should be allowed a voice in the Oireachtas
Seanad seats would provide limited but meaningful engagement
without upsetting the domestic status quo

December 24, 2020
Can Joe Biden unite America? The answer is Yes

The president-elect can enact policies
that manifestly help working Americans

June 19, 2020

Irish-America must remain in step with political
realities on island of Ireland America Letter:

As Brexit talks intensify, the US should contribute
to the Irish unity debate

Feb 3, 2020
Untold histories of peace negotiations in the North
New books include in-depth interviews
with protagonists in 1998

Oct 8, 2019
The United States: A Government of Laws, or of Men?

The ability of Congress to hold the president to account
is being sorely tested

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
heartsand 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

February 24, 2015

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

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

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

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

Spring 2005:
World Policy Journal,

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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