Frederick Kempe has been President and Chief Executive Officer of the Atlantic Council, one of America's most prominent global policy groups, since 2007, where he has overseen a period of dramatic growth in the institution's size and influence. Frederick came to the Council after a long and prominent career at the Wall Street Journal, where he won national and international prizes while serving in numerous management and reportorial capacities - editor, associate publisher, columnist, and correspondent. He is the author of four books currently in print in more than a dozen languages. His most recent book was the New York Times best-seller Berlin 1961: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Most Dangerous Place in the World.
Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Fred worked for the Wall Street Journal for over 25 years, most recently as assistant managing editor and columnist based in New York. Prior to that, he was Editor and Associate Publisher of the Wall Street Journal Europe during which the publication won a number of awards. Previously he was a prize-winning correspondent who covered stories including the rise of Solidarity in Poland, the fall of Soviet-style Communism, and wars in Afghanistan, Panama, Lebanon and Iraq. He is a graduate of the University of Utah and has a Master’s Degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
He serves on the board of the Bertelsmann Foundation in the US and is a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council on the United States. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He has received honorary doctorates from Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and from Maryland University.
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