The power of communications is demonstrated in many forms

Welcome to July's edition of PRWeek, which includes our annual look at the top movers and shakers in the PR industry.

Welcome to July's edition of PRWeek, which includes our annual look at the top movers and shakers in the PR industry.

PRWeek's Power List is one of the most highly debated items we produce as a brand - and the 2010 edition is no exception. Of course, it is impossible to include every powerful person on such a short list. And it is by no means a slight on some of those undoubtedly powerful people who haven't made it this year.

But the 25 individuals who are included (or 26 this year - read the article for an explanation) underpin significant chunks of corporate and organizational spend on PR and reflect the agencies that provide those services. There are also a few left-field candidates who have just as significant an impact on the PR landscape - albeit in very different ways.

The list includes powerbrokers across all sections of the communications pantheon, from chief communications officers to celebrity advocates. It very much reflects the events of the past 12 months, which explains some selections.

Elsewhere, this month's issue features other aspects of the disparate nature of power and influence in today's modern communications landscape, from former GOP press secretary and speechwriter turned UnitedHealth Group CCO Don Nathan to BlogHer cofounder Lisa Stone.

Nathan became UnitedHealth's first CCO in 2007 and has worked on a proactive communications strategy for the health insurance giant, while Stone has helped empower women online and, in doing so, led a revolution in the way brands market to them.

I don't expect everyone to agree with the contents of PRWeek's Power List, but I certainly hope it provokes debate and discussion - and I welcome your comments via e-mail.

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