Howard Geltzer

Howard  Geltzer

Joined Stern 2008

Leonard N. Stern School of Business
Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street, 3-104
New York, NY 10012



Howard E. Geltzer is an Adjunct Instructor of Management Communication at New York University Stern School of Business. He teaches the undergraduate course, Organizational Communication and Its Social Context. In addition, he is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at USC's Marshall Business School's Center for Management Communications, where he teaches Business Communication Strategy.

During his 25+ year career in public relations, Geltzer created numerous award-winning programs and product launches, including: Sony Walkman; Sony CD players; Motorola Pagewriter (two-way messaging device); Black & Decker Housewares; (Morton) Airbags; and Toshiba Digital Copiers. In addition, he has planned and executed crisis communications programs for leading companies.

He was co-founder (1974) and Chairman of Geltzer & Company Inc, a New York-based top fifty public relations agency. When the firm was acquired by Publicis, Inc. in 2000, he was named Executive Vice President/Managing Director.

Geltzer has been prominent in consumer electronics industry activities. He is a founding member of the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

He earned both a Bachelors and Master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, which he currently serves as a member of The Board of Advisors. In 2008, Geltzer received the Alumni Service Award presented by The Northwestern Alumni Association. In 2014, he was inducted into the prestigious Medill Hall of Achievement.

After graduation and a stint in the U.S. Army, he began his career in marketing communications at General Electric. This was followed by assignments at Litton Industries, McGraw-Hill and the launch of the consumer magazine, Family Health. He is a current member of the Advisory Council of Our House Publications, Inc.

Born and raised in Hazleton, Pennsylvania, he is an avid and active participant in the culture and variety of New York City. He is a counselor for the SCORE unit of the Small Business Administration, providing support for individuals who wish to start and build businesses and has won numerous business and humanitarian awards.

Courses Taught

  • Organizational Communication and Its Social Context

Academic Background

Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism

Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism

Areas of Expertise


  • Crisis Communications/Catastrophe Preparedness