Brian Lott | Influence 100

Brian Lott

Executive Director, Group Communications

As executive director of group communications at Mubadala, Brian Lott oversees a mandate that is as broad as it is deep for the Abu Dhabi-owned government investment vehicle. Responsible for stewardship of the Mubadala brand and management of the group’s corporate communications requirements, Lott’s work involves operations across real estate, mining and aerospace, calling for a particularly nuanced understanding of local communities and social impact.

Lott began his career in Washington DC, where he served as chief of staff, spokesman and campaign manager for two members of Congress. He is a published author and former journalist. Before joining Mubadala, Lott worked at global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller for ten years.

Notable career highlight?
Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Freedom Rides,  traveling through the south on a Greyhound bus with Congressman John Lewis, CNN and other original Freedom Riders

Most rewarding/challenging aspect about a career in communications/marketing?
The incredible diversity of issues and constant call for creativity, eloquence and authenticity

What skills/experience will the CCO of the future need that may not be required today?
Managing virtual teams with different skill sets across various generations, cultures and geographies

What skill/experience is required of today's CCO that might not be as relevant in the future?
Television advertising

Who or what inspires you to be your best?
My parents

What is on your must-read/view/listen-to list?
'When Breath Becomes Air,' written by Paul Kalanithi; 'The Big Lebowski,' written and directed by the Coen Brothers; 1958 Decca recording of "La Fanciulla Del West," composed by Puccini

Most interesting place you've traveled to?
Jebel Akhdar in the Hajar Mountains of Oman