Murphy wins unprecedented third term as prez at Page society

NEW YORK: The Arthur W. Page Society, in the midst of a recruitment drive and about to bring aboard its first full-time executive director, chose stability at the top by re-electing president James Murphy to an unprecedented third term.

NEW YORK: The Arthur W. Page Society, in the midst of a recruitment drive and about to bring aboard its first full-time executive director, chose stability at the top by re-electing president James Murphy to an unprecedented third term.

NEW YORK: The Arthur W. Page Society, in the midst of a recruitment drive and about to bring aboard its first full-time executive director, chose stability at the top by re-electing president James Murphy to an unprecedented third term.

Murphy is global managing director for marketing and communications at Andersen Consulting in New York, and former president of Burson-Marsteller's North American operations. His new term begins in January.

Murphy described his re-election as one of the signs that the society's 307 members will expect expanded services for their annual dollars 1,000 membership fee. Another sign, he said, was the decision to hire the first permanent executive director in the society's 17-year history. Murphy was a member of the six-person committee that chose Paul Basista, of the Graphic Artists Guild, for that post.

'Just getting (the new executive director) up and running is critically important for the president,' said Ron Culp, a society board member and the senior VP of PR at Sears, Roebuck & Co.

Among Basista's responsibilities will be recruitment strategies. Culp explained that the society is trying to expand its membership beyond its traditional strongholds in utilities, major PR agencies and academia, and into industries such as hi-tech, retailing and pharmaceuticals.

The society also recently introduced members-only links to its Web site and added new research products to the array of surveys it conducts.

Murphy said he didn't expect to serve a third term, but said: 'I was pleased to do so,' adding that the explosion in the number of media outlets makes the role of society members more important than ever.





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