Ogilvy PR Global Chairman Chris Graves Elected to 2nd year as Chair

New York – (October 9, 2015) – The PR Council, the industry’s trade association, announced today the election of its new officers and directors.

The Chair, elected to his second term, is Christopher Graves, Global Chairman of Ogilvy Public Relations. He is a three-time Atticus Award winner from WPP (top award for research and writing), a contributing author to three recent books from McKinsey, and serves on several boards and foundations (Institute for Public Relations; the UN Women Private Sector Leadership Advisory Council; Opportunity Nation; Caring For Cambodia). Prior to joining Ogilvy, he worked for 23 years in the news business (Dow Jones, Wall Street Journal, CNBC) and rose to the level of head of network news and programming for CNBC in Asia and then in Europe.

Returning with Graves as executive officers are Aaron Schoenherr (Greentarget) as secretary and Bryan Harris (Taylor) as treasurer.

The Council also announced the election of its new board members, all CEOs/Principals of their firms: Don Baer (Burson-Marsteller), Fred Cook (Golin), Heidi Hovland (DeVries Global), Sandra Fathi (Affect) and Tonya Veasey (OCG PR).

Continuing directors are: Aaron Kwittken (Kwittken + Company Worldwide), Maureen Lippe (Lippe Taylor), Ron Guirguis, replacing Paul Newman (MSLGROUP), Mark Thorne (Hill+Knowlton Strategies), Virginia Devlin (Current), Carrie Jones (JPA Health Communications), Daryl McCullough (Citizen Relations), Todd Hansen (O’Malley Hansen Communications), Ron Sachs (Sachs Media Group) and Karen van Bergen (Porter Novelli).

“Being asked to serve our industry is a huge honor and one that I have loved this past year,” said Graves. “It has allowed me to get to know the many brilliant, warm and collegial agency heads that are shaping our future. We know that we have so much work to do on several fronts, from diversity & inclusion to rapid adaptation — but there is no one I’d rather do that with than the Council board members.”

“Our industry benefits greatly from Chris’s ability to distill big ideas and connect important issues,” said Kathy Cripps, President, PR Council. “His inventive direction for our annual Critical Issues Forum and the creation of this year’s PR Genome Education Series are prime examples of his broad and ambitious approach to our industry’s future.”

The PR Council is the trade association of America’s leading public relations firms. Its membership represents the premier global, mid-sized, regional and specialty firms across every discipline and practice area. The Council’s mission is to advocate for and advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and the value of firms as strategic business partners. For more information about the Council, visit prcouncil.net.


Matt Shaw

PR Council

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