Christopher Barger is Senior Vice President of Global Programs at Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli company, helping clients around the world develop and execute social media strategies. Christopher has been in the Porter Novelli family since 2011, arriving after nearly seven years of leading social media programs at Fortune 50 companies, and has a decade and a half’s experience building corporate communications strategies. During his tenure at Porter Novelli he has consulted with companies ranging from Disney Parks, the Almond Board of California, HP, and the World Health Organization among many others. Before arriving at PN, Christopher was director of global social media at General Motors, building the company’s social media program and leading its presence across multiple social networks, earning an Excellence in New Communications award for the company from the Society of New Communications Research (SNCR) in 2007. His work to repair GM’s post- bankruptcy reputation in the social web won him PR News’ “Social Media Leader of the Year” award in 2010. Christopher also previously managed social media initiatives and corporate communications for IBM, serving from 2005-2007 as that company’s first “Blogger-in-Chief” and playing the pivotal role in the development of IBM’s social media program. Christopher is the author of the book “The Social Media Strategist” (McGraw Hill, 2012), and was a contributor to Forbes’ CMO Network through his blog, “The Social Media Report.” He and his family are proud to call the Detroit area home. Catch him on Twitter @cbarger.