NEW YORK – May 28, 2015 – Kathy Cripps, the long-time president of the PR Council, will step down from her position by the end of the year.  A search committee has been created, led by former PR Council chair, Dave Senay, CEO, FleishmanHillard, to identify a new president.

“This job has provided me with a deeply gratifying experience,” said Cripps. “The PR Council is a vital industry organization and it has been my privilege to guide it. Now it’s time for a new president to take the Council to new heights, capitalizing on the great opportunities that have come our way since the re-brand.”  She added: “Working together as a unified industry gives us a much greater opportunity to advance the business for all.”

During her tenure, the Council has enhanced offerings to its members by institutionalizing several learning and development programs, benchmarking research and industry events.  In 2014, Cripps and a brain trust comprised of PR Council members led the organization through a rebranding that resulted in a new name and logo, but more importantly a new strategy for reaching the purchasers of PR firm services.

“Kathy has led this organization and our industry like no one else could,” remarked Ogilvy Public Relations Global Chairman, Christopher Graves, who currently serves as the Chair of the PR Council. “With great intelligence, warmth and savvy, she has pulled together competitors into a strong, unified team in continual efforts to solve the biggest challenges, including diversity & inclusion and our industry’s evolution.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to get to know so many terrific agency leaders, and work with them and their teams on important projects and issues,” stated Cripps. “I would like to thank the volunteers, especially the boards and committee members who have contributed their time and talent over the years for the good of the industry. The PR Council staff is small but mighty. We’ve accomplished a great deal together. I’ll miss working with them.”

Cripps has been president of the PR Council for more than 13 years, following a successful career at Burson-Marsteller and Hill + Knowlton Strategies.

“The PR Council is an important voice for the PR consulting business; there is still tremendous opportunity for outreach and new services.  Kathy’s legacy is the strong position and respect of the Council within the industry,” according to Graves.

The PR Council, established as the Council of Public Relations Firms in 1998, is the U.S. trade association representing America’s leading public relations firms.  For more information about the PR Council, visit