The new regional presidents, elected by the ICCO global board of management, are:
Europe: Juergen Gangoly, managing partner, The Skills Group; and vice president, Public Relations Verband Austria (PRVA)
Americas: Aaron Kwittken, global chairman & CEO, Kwittken; board director, PR Council
Middle East: Loretta Ahmed, CEO, Middle East, Africa & Turkey, Grayling; chairman, PRCA MENA
Africa: Bridget Von Holdt, executive director, Glasshouse Communication Management; representative of the Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA)
Asia Pacific: Nitin Mantri, CEO, Avian Media; president, Public Relations Consultants Association of India (PRCAI).
The regional presidents will join the ICCO global executive committee, comprised of the global president, vice president, treasurer, immediate past president, regional presidents, and the CEO.
The new structure was announced at the Global ICCO PR Summit in Oxford in September.
ICCO president Maxim Behar said: "All regions from now on will be represented in the ICCO global executive committee. But not only that; elected regional presidents are great professional colleagues and widely known PR experts and we do believe that their input into ICCO’s management will be significant. We all look forward to working together to strengthen ICCO’s position as the largest global PR community."