The IPR was celebrating last week as it announced its 7,000th
member - the body's equivalent of a supermarket's millionth shopper.
By happy coincidence, the person to be hung on this handy news hook is
Edelman PR Worldwide UK chief executive John Mahony.
Insiders speculate that declaring Mahony as its latest recruit is more
than a coincidence, and is in fact a clever PR wheeze in itself. It
comes just days after the IPR launched a membership drive for
Meanwhile, talks appear to have broken down between the IPR and the PRCA
over plans to merge, or even to co-locate. The monthly joint meetings
continue, but IPR sources say talks floundered on the PRCA's reluctance
to lose its prized autonomy.
Edelman, of course, is a member of the PRCA, in addition to having its
head honcho swimming in IPR waters.
Gotta hedge your bets.