Paul Taaffe: Power List 2010

Chairman and CEO, Hill & Knowlton

Paul Taaffe might not be the highest-profile PR boss around, but it's worth noting the combative Aussie is one of the few PR agency leaders who report directly and solely to WPP's global chief executive Martin Sorrell.
Taaffe's Hill & Knowlton operation is also genuinely global, consisting of wholly owned companies in most key worldwide territories, including the fast-developing economies of Central and South America, Asia, and Russia. That, allied to the integral roles he plays in global lobbying campaigns, such as those for the Olympic Games and soccer's World Cup bids, makes Taaffe a more influential operator than many give him credit for – something that stood him in good stead to run a tight ship at H&K in a difficult period for all agencies over the past 18 months.

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