Mark Laity has been involved with the media, information and latterly Strategic Communication for four decades, both as a journalist, mostly with the BBC, and then in a variety of posts as a spokesman and senior manager for NATO. His experience covers all levels, from the political and strategic, to the frontlines of major operations.
He is now the Director of the new Communications Division at SHAPE. Previously he was the first Chief Strategic Communications (StratCom) at SHAPE, and the leading figure in first establishing and then developing StratCom within NATO, especially the military. His Chief StratCom role followed the first of three Afghan tours in senior communication posts. Previously he had been Chief of Public Information at SHAPE, the first civilian postholder.
From 2000, Mark Laity was for four years Special Adviser to the NATO Secretary General, Lord Robertson, and NATO’s Deputy Spokesman. He had a wide variety of defence policy and information roles including a year as NATO spokesman. In 2001, with civil war threatening, he was sent to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia as personal adviser to the Macedonian President, and later he became Media Adviser to the NATO commander and civilian spokesman for Operation Essential Harvest.
Mark Laity joined NATO after 22 years in journalism, including, from 1989, 11 years as the BBC's Defence Correspondent, when he reported from the frontlines of most major conflicts of the nineties, but particularly the break-up of Yugoslavia, and the 1991 Gulf War.