President & Founder, Lesley Francis PR

British born Lesley Francis is a graduate of the University of Bristol (England) and has extensive experience in London-based, global media agencies. In 1998, Lesley founded hsdcommunications, an award-winning, London-based agency that she grew from one person to a UK top 25 PR firm. She sold her business in 2007 to Gyro International, a global group with offices in 11 countries, and ran their worldwide PR before relocating to the USA seven years ago. She became a proud US citizen in 2012.

Lesley Francis Public Relations represents non-profit organizations as well as local and global businesses. Lesley is a regular columnist for Morris Multimedia Inc. and a contributing writer to several regional magazines. She has been on a number of local boards, including Ariel South East Angel Partners, The Savannah Book Festival, and The Savannah VOICE Festival. Lesley is also a Rotary Past President and a Fellow for the Center of Entrepreneurism and Leadership at Georgia Southern University.


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