PRWeek U.S. Power List 2017

As the most powerful figures in the communications industry, the following people face the toughest challenges PR has to offer. PRWeek brought together colleagues, friends, and mentors to see what allows them to thrive in such an environment.

These leaders shine brightest and wield the greatest responsibility

As the most powerful figures in the communications industry, the following people face the toughest challenges PR has to offer. PRWeek brought together colleagues, friends, and mentors to see what allows them to thrive in such an environment.

The Power List

Karen
van Bergen

By PRWeek Staff

Karen van Bergen - By PRWeek Staff

Andy
Polansky

By Richard Edelman

Andy Polansky - By Richard Edelman

Tony
Cervone

By Mary Barra

Tony Cervone - By Mary Barra

Steve
Dowling

By Chad Griffin

Steve Dowling - By Chad Griffin

Dan
Bartlett

By PRWeek Staff

Dan Bartlett - By PRWeek Staff

Dave
Samson

By Mike Fernandez

Dave Samson - By Mike Fernandez

Richard
Edelman

By PRWeek Staff

Richard Edelman - By PRWeek Staff

Jay
Carney

By PRWeek Staff

Jay Carney - By PRWeek Staff

Deirdre
Latour

By Jeff Immelt

Deirdre Latour - By Jeff Immelt

Arthur
Sadoun

By PRWeek Staff

Arthur Sadoun - by PRWeek Staff

Caryn
Marooney

By Elliot Schrage

Caryn Marooney - By Elliot Schrage

Donna
Imperato

By Jim Joseph

Donna Imperato - By Jim Joseph

Ray
Kerins

By Bob Pearson

Ray Kerins - By Bob Pearson

Michele
Moore

By PRWeek Staff

Michele Moore - By PRWeek Staff

John
Saunders

By Karen van Bergen

John Saunders - Karen van Bergen

Kevin
Hochman

By Rob Lynch

Kevin Hochman - By Rob Lynch

John
Seifert

By PRWeek Staff

John Seifert - By PRWeek Staff

Suzanne
McCarron

By Gary Sheffer

Suzanne McCarron - By Gary Sheffer

Declan
Kelly

By PRWeek Staff

Declan Kelly - By PRWeek Staff

Shannon
Stubo

By PRWeek Staff

Shannon Stubo - By PRWeek Staff

Charlene
Wheeless

By Kim Hunter

Charlene Wheeless - By Kim Hunter

Geoff
Morrell

By PRWeek Staff

Geoff Morrell - By PRWeek Staff

Rob
Flaherty

By PRWeek Staff

Rob Flaherty - By PRWeek Staff

Dan
Tarman

By Jennifer Kuperman

Dan Tarman - By Jennifer Kuperman

Frank
Shaw

By Melissa Waggener Zorkin

Frank Shaw - By Melissa Waggener Zorkin

Matt
Neale

By PRWeek Staff

Matt Neale - By PRWeek Staff

Mike
Fernandez

By PRWeek Staff

Mike Fernandez - By PRWeek Staff

Peter
McGuinness

By Andy Polansky

Peter McGuinness - By Andy Polansky

Janice
Kapner

By Frank Shaw

Janice Kapner - By Frank Shaw

Gail
Heimann

By PRWeek Staff

Gail Heimann - By PRWeek Staff

Quinn
Kilbury

By Andrew Essex

Quinn Kilbury - By Andrew Essex

Alex
Jutkowitz

By PRWeek Staff

Alex Jutkowitz - By PRWeek Staff

Kelly
Vanasse

By Marc Pritchard

Kelly Vanasse - By Marc Pritchard

Alex
Thompson

By Matt Harrington

Alex Thompson - By Matt Harrington

Barby
Siegel

By Paul Hicks

Barby Siegel - By Paul Hicks

Anne
McNally

By PRWeek Staff

Anne McNally - By PRWeek Staff

Kim
Hunter

By Pat Ford

Kim Hunter - By Pat Ford

Lauren
Wesley Wilson

By Lori George Billingsley

Lauren Wesley Wilson - By Lori George Billingsley

Brian
Whipple

By PRWeek Staff

Brian Whipple - By PRWeek Staff

Jason
Cone

By PRWeek Staff

Jason Cone - By PRWeek Staff

Michael
Sneed

By Alison Lewis

Michael Sneed - By Alison Lewis

Aaron
Shapiro

By PRWeek Staff

Aaron Shapiro - By PRWeek Staff

Kevin
Akeroyd

By PRWeek Staff

Kevin Akeroyd - By PRWeek Staff

Julie
Batliner

By Marcus Fischer

Julie Batliner - By Marcus Fischer

Robert
Schwartz

By PRWeek Staff

Robert Schwartz - By PRWeek Staff

Aedhmar
Hynes

By Björn Edlund

Aedhmar Hynes - By Björn Edlund

Bruce
Bildsten

By PRWeek Staff

Bruce Bildsten - By PRWeek Staff

Dale
Bornstein

By Kim Sample

Dale Bornstein - By Kim Sample

Bryan
Specht

By Pete Marino

Bryan Specht - By Pete Marino

Holly
Zheng

By Oscar Zhao

Holly Zheng - By Oscar Zhao

Great Communicators

Cassady Fendlay
"We want [A Day Without a Woman] to be a day where women feel empowered to take a stance on their value in the workplace and the world beyond."

Angela Merkel
"In order to maintain Europe in the long term, but above all to strengthen Europe in the long term, we must preserve and defend the achievements of European integration."

Kellyanne Conway
"I've been in a very male-dominated business for decades. I found, particularly early on, that there's plenty of room for passion, but there's very little room for emotion."

Madonna Badger
"Work that objectifies, perpetuates negative and harmful inequalities and gender bias hurts us all. The criteria for knowing if a submission is objectifying is empathy."

Marc Benioff
"One of our execs just set up a school in Africa. We give them six days a year paid time off. We're paying them for their volunteerism. That creates a better company."

Those Who Don't Get It

Travis Kalanick
Former Uber employees allege Kalanick's inability to communicate and set boundaries fostered a toxic corporate culture that accepted sexism and inappropriate interactions, ultimately forcing him to step down as CEO.

PewDiePie
YouTube star PewDiePie, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, lost sponsors such as Disney after reportedly paying two Indian men, via the website Fiverr, to hold up a sign reading "Death to all Jews" for a video.

Heather Bresch
Bresch denies any wrongdoing in Mylan's dramatic price increase of its EpiPen, even saying the scandal helps legislators understand how insurers have been shifting drug costs onto their customers, which has only further infuriated consumers.

John Stumpf
Wells Fargo's former CEO blamed the company's unethical practices on lower-level employees who were trying to keep their jobs, a move Elizabeth Warren called "gutless leadership."

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