NEW YORK: The 2014 honorees to be inducted into PRWeek’s Hall of Fame in December are Dan Edelman, Bill Nielsen, Ofield Dukes, Margery Kraus, and Marina Maher.
PRWeek set up the Hall of Fame last year to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to communications. The inaugural honorees were Harold Burson, Al Golin, Charlotte Otto, Jon Iwata, Marilyn Laurie, and Marcia Silverman.
The individuals honored are chosen based on their achievements in the following areas: outstanding contribution to the development of the communications industry and the establishment of the PR profession; significant impact on the PR field beyond their organization; recruiting and mentoring a generation of comms professionals; contributing thought leadership that shaped the profession or redefined the field; and leadership of the organizations that unify and drive the profession's development.
Bill Nielsen retired as corporate VP of Johnson & Johnson in December 2004 after nearly 16 years with the company. He was chief PR and corporate communications officer for the diversified and decentralized group of 200+ operating companies in 57 countries in pharmaceuticals and biotech, medical devices, and diagnostics and consumer products.
Margery Kraus is founder and CEO of APCO Worldwide, a global consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC that specializes in public affairs, communications and business consulting for major multinationals. She founded APCO in 1984 and grew it into a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.
Over the past 25 years Marina Maher built her eponymous PR firm into a go-to destination for brands that want to connect with women. Since she founded Marina Maher Communications in 1983, Maher has built the agency into a preeminent marketing-to-women PR firm. In recent years, MMC grew dramatically in size and depth, posting revenues of $25 million in 2010.
Edelman and Dukes are honored posthumously. Dan Edelman founded Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. in Chicago in 1952, and helped grow the company into the world’s largest PR firm, which now bills over $770 million. Ofield Dukes was a communications professional, educator, and journalist, best known in PR as president of Ofield Dukes and Associates, a Washington, DC-based PR firm that specialized in political and minority affairs with particular focus on African-American and African issues.
The second group of inductees will be recognized at a celebratory dinner to be held in New York City on December 8. Click here to find out more about joining the celebrations on the night.