PR WORLD CONGRESS 2000 NEWS: Killeen wins PRSA chair in an upset

CHICAGO: In a surprise result, Joann Killeen of Killeen Communications emerged victorious as the chair-elect of the PRSA at the Public Relations World Congress 2000.

CHICAGO: In a surprise result, Joann Killeen of Killeen Communications emerged victorious as the chair-elect of the PRSA at the Public Relations World Congress 2000.

CHICAGO: In a surprise result, Joann Killeen of Killeen Communications emerged victorious as the chair-elect of the PRSA at the Public Relations World Congress 2000.

Many industry observers had predicted that Art Stevens, chairman and CEO of New York's Publicis Dialog, had the job in the bag. Stevens was put forward by the nominating committee in June.

Killeen, who has more than 20 years of experience serving on all levels of PRSA leadership, earned 62% of the vote; Stevens received 38%. There were 244 registered delegates at the meeting. This is only the fourth time in the history of the PRSA that a candidate chosen by the nominating committee has been defeated.

Killeen, the current treasurer of the PRSA, won the election despite reporting that the organization had lost more than dollars 400,000 last year.

However, she was then quick to point out that the PRSA expects a dollars 3,000 surplus this year.

Killeen will assume chair duties in 2002 from Kathy Lewton, who will replace chair and CEO Stephen Pisinski in January 2001.

The Assembly of the World Congress also elected Reed Byrum treasurer and Maria Russell secretary. Byrum is director of corporate public relations at EDS in Dallas. Russell is professor and chair of the Public Relations Department at Syracuse University in New York.



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