Jay Rosser was the long-time Vice President of Public Affairs with BP Capital and Chief of Staff to its Chairman and CEO, the late T. Boone Pickens. In that role, he coordinated media, political and philanthropic initiatives for the Dallas-based energy hedge fund led by Mr. Pickens, the legendary Texas oil and gas industry executive.
Throughout his career, Mr. Rosser has specialized in crisis communications and reputation management, helping corporations, high-profile individuals, and public entities cope with regulatory, legal, and other media challenges.
Mr. Rosser first joined Mr. Pickens in 1990. From 1996 to 2002, he was director of communication for Koch Industries, based in Wichita, Kansas, the world’s largest privately held company. While there, he worked closely with the firm’s principals, Charles and David Koch. He rejoined Mr. Pickens in 2002.
With Mr. Pickens, Mr. Rosser managed the “Pickens Plan” initiative, a broad, award-winning grassroots campaign designed to secure legislation to reduce the national security and economic threat posed by America’s escalating dependence on OPEC crude oil. The campaign has won numerous awards, including the Association of Political Consultants’ “Public Affairs Campaign of the Year” (“Pollie Award”) and Campaign & Elections’ Politics Magazine Reed Award for best use of social networking technology. That campaign was also recognized by the Holmes Group, an industry-leading Public Relations trade organization, as the “Best Public Affairs Campaign of the Year.”
Prior to 1990, worked for nearly 10 years as a news reporter and was a press secretary with the Governor of Texas and a special assistant to the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission that regulates oil and gas production in Texas. He is a 1978 graduate of Texas Tech University.