New York, NY – (September 21, 2010) – Marc Pritchard, Global Marketing and Brand Building Officer at Procter & Gamble, and CNN’s Ali Velshi will headline the October 27th Critical Issues Forum: “Staring Down the Future: Learning to Thrive in an Integrated World,” sponsored by the Council of Public Relations Firms (Council).

The annual Critical Issues Forum attracts approximately 200 public relations industry leaders from around the country and is held in conjunction with the Council’s annual member meeting.

Pritchard, who leads marketing efforts for the world’s largest marketer, was named the “#1 Power Player by Advertising Age” in 2008 and 2009. Velshi is the chief business correspondent for CNN, anchor for CNN Newsroom and the author of “Gimme My Money Back: Your Guide to Surviving the Financial Crisis,” published in 2009.

The event will also feature a “Socratic” discussion between leading communicators/marketers on marketing to recession-wary consumers. Leading the discussion will be Len Schlesinger, president of Babson College and former COO of Limited Brands and a 20-year professor at Harvard Business School. Panelists include: Ted Gilvar, Chief Marketing Officer, Monster; Leontyne Green, Chief Marketing Officer, IKEA; Larry Solomon, Chief Communications Officer, AT&T and Marc Monseau, Director, Corporate Communications, Johnson & Johnson.

On October 26, the Council will host a pre-event dinner, featuring Vinton Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist at Google. Cerf will be interviewed by Shelby Coffey, a trustee at the Newseum and former editor of the Los Angeles Times.


October 27, 2010

9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Avenue, New York City


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