Martin elected president of association

NEW YORK: Members of the Arthur Page Society elected Thomas Martin, SVP and director of corporate communications at ITT Industries, as its next president, effective January 1, 2004.

NEW YORK: Members of the Arthur Page Society elected Thomas Martin, SVP and director of corporate communications at ITT Industries, as its next president, effective January 1, 2004.

The society is a professional association for communications officers that promotes ethical communications practices and the strengthening of the management policy role of communication professionals. Its 300 members are the highest-ranking communications pros in corporations with at least $2 billion in annual revenues, CEOs of the world's largest PR agencies, and academics.

The society's president is responsible for overseeing the board, as well as serving as liaison between the board and executive director Paul Basista.

Martin succeeds David Drobis, senior partner and chairman at Ketchum, as leader of the Page Society.

"I hope to keep the momentum going and build on the strong work that the society has done in the past two years," Martin said, declining to be specific about his goals for the direction of the society before a board meeting scheduled to take place in November.

Also in January, eight new trustees will join the Page Society's board. Elected to three-year terms were Peter Debrecency, Allstate Insurance Company; Nancy Hober, Grainger; John Manfredi, Gillette Company; and Kenneth Sternad, UPS. Elected to two-year terms were Richard Badler, Unisys, and Matthew Gonring, Rockwell Automation, while one-year terms will begin for Paul Argenti, Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, and Joan Walker, Qwest Communications.

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