WASHINGTON: The board of directors of the Public Affairs Council
has elected Ann Richardson Berkey, VP of public affairs at San
Francisco's McKeeson Corporation, its new chairwoman. Berkey replaces
Nick Franklin, SVP of public affairs at PacifiCare Health Systems. She
was elected earlier this month at the board of directors meeting in
McKeeson is a Fortune 40 corporation, and the world's largest supply
management and healthcare information technology company. Berkey, who
handles all government relations and public policy activities for the
company, spent the past year as chair of the Foundation for Public
APCO CEO Margery Kraus was also elected as a vice chairman, making her
the only member of the board hailing from the agency side. Susan Neely,
SVP of communications at the Association for American Medical Colleges -
currently serving a term as a vice chairman - was tapped to take over
the chairmanship in 2003.
Textron government affairs director Gordon Thomas was elected
Doug Pinkham was reelected president.
All in all, 36 new directors were elected to the board, including
representatives from the Nuclear Energy Institute, Northrop Grumman,
International Paper, and Ford Motor Company.