Council of PR Firms' top spots now belong to Graham, Lugbauer and Drobis

NEW YORK: John Graham, chairman and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard, has become the new vice chairman and chair-elect of the Council of Public Relations Firms.

NEW YORK: John Graham, chairman and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard, has become the new vice chairman and chair-elect of the Council of Public Relations Firms.

NEW YORK: John Graham, chairman and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard, has become the new vice chairman and chair-elect of the Council of Public Relations Firms.

Cathy Lugbauer, EVP with Weber-Shandwick, has moved up from the chair-elect spot to become chairman of the group, replacing David Drobis, chairman and senior partner at Ketchum, who now has the honorary title of current past chairman. The three assumed their new positions with the council at its November 8 annual meeting.

Graham has been on the council's board for the past two years and describes himself as an early supporter of the organization, the formation of which was first discussed by CEOs from 15 firms five years ago. The council began operations two and a half years ago.

'My goal will be to build on the foundation the council has built,' Graham said of his election. 'One of my major priorities would be the overall image of the public relations industry.'

Drobis echoed the sentiment in his speech at the annual meeting when he said: 'A strong international trade organization is needed to raise awareness and to set standards for ethics and training; to share knowledge and best practices so that our industry is as globally consistent as our clients are striving to be.'

In addition, Graham also said the council should continue its efforts to recruit people into PR from other professions.





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