James J. Olecki is a Managing Director and Head of Status Labs’ Strategic Advisory business dedicated to providing bespoke consulting services to navigate the daily challenges facing global CEO’s, Boards of Directors, government officials and high-profile personalities.
Prior to Status Labs, Mr. Olecki served as a personal advisor to the founder of MagicLab, the parent company of dating apps, Bumble, Badoo, Lumen and Chappy. In this role, he consulted on the creation and launch of the holding company and led the company’s communications efforts through its eventual sale to Blackstone.
Previously, Mr. Olecki was Chief Operating Officer of Teneo Strategy, the global CEO advisory firm. In this capacity, Mr. Olecki served as the lead advisor and senior strategist to the firm’s largest global clients across a variety of industries. He also led Teneo’s global investor relations and shareholder activism practices. Mr. Olecki has extensive experience effectively managing global corporate communications, transaction communications, corporate restructuring, investor relations, corporate reputation management, and he specializes in media and reputation management training to senior executives and high profile personalities.
Preceding Teneo, Mr. Olecki was the Director of Global Communications at Ally Financial, formerly GMAC during the time it received bailout funds from the U.S. government and rebranded its corporate image. Mr. Olecki was responsible for the company’s financial communications as well as communications activities for its mortgage business and international operations, and served as the company’s primary spokesman.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Olecki served as Senior Vice President at Weber Shandwick where he specialized in corporate issues management and led the firm’s financial communications practice; was Vice President and Head of Emerging Markets at Financial Dynamics where he advised on some of the largest and most notable IPO’s in the last decade; served as an executive at The Ruth Group where he co-led the firm’s technology group specializing in semiconductors, software and telecommunications sectors; and he began his career as a research analyst at Smith Asset Management.