Judging by this year's Ten Rising Stars feature, agencies and clients are increasingly more comfortable putting young professionals in charge of large accounts and PR teams.
As PRWeek.com stated in its inaugural Ten Rising Stars feature in 2004, to pick just 10 people who represent the finest elements of the PR industry's young ranks was a daunting task.
In this web-exclusive feature, PRWeek.com presents ten profiles of young communications professionals in a variety of industries, focuses, and roles. This list was neither designed to rank the success of every PR professional under thirty, nor was it intended to predict those who will be the most successful in the industry over the course of their careers.
We chose ten professionals who were currently either blazing trends in the industry, deftly heading accounts or internal team in crisis mode, leading successful product initiatives, or building their own successful practice or agency.
We've highlighted a woman who is handling media relations for an industry association undergoing intense scrutiny for its reaction to a serious health issue, a man who created a completely new practice for his agency, and a man who will likely be on the frontline of what may be his institution's greatest reputation challenge.
Superiors, clients, or colleagues nominated these young professionals, and the PRWeek.com editor and a PRWeek reporter made the selections based upon merit and the strength of the nominations. It was an incredibly rigorous process, and, for every selected individual, there were a number of other successful young professionals that were not chosen. Here are PRWeek.com's 2005 Ten Rising Stars of PR.
Please click on the name for the individual's profile.
Senior account supervisor, Hill & Knowlton
Director of PR, Spherion Corporation
President, AXIA Public Relations and Marketing
Manager, Hill & Knowlton Small Business (H&K SMB)
Director of communications, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Caroline Van Hove
Director of corporate communications, Allergan
Management supervisor, Peppercom and Associate director, Peppercommotions
Washington, DC interactive practice VP, Edelman
Media practice senior associate, Burson-Marsteller
Managing supervisor, Fleishman-Hillard