PRWeek’s 40 Under 40 class of 2023 announced

Presenting the next wave of comms innovators and leaders helping to reinvent the practice of PR and marketing.

This year’s 40 Under 40 honorees hail from a range of the industry’s biggest and most well-respected organizations.

“As PRWeek celebrates its 25th anniversary in the U.S., it’s a good time to reflect on the talent that makes up what is very much a people business,” said Steve Barrett, VP, editorial director of PRWeek. “The 40 Under 40 program has been celebrating the next generation of leaders since 2007 and many of them have gone on to hit the heights of the industry — I’m sure the 2023 class will be no exception.”

Practicing PR in the explosive and precarious worlds of politics and public affairs, healthcare and digital communications, these rising stars use their skills to conceive messaging strategies that supercharge brands, corporations and organizations. Their ability to build relationships, remain receptive and understand the changing nature of younger generations is crucial to the future effectiveness of communications.

Check back in September for our full profiles of the 40 Under 40 class of 2023. Join PRWeek on October 26 in New York City as we celebrate this year’s honorees: 

Brian Bell, VP, global communications and social impact, Strava

Rebecca Binder, president, RF|Binder

Faryar Borhani, CCO, Encore Capital Group

Katy Cockrel, VP, communications, StockX

Jenn Cohen, SVP, marketing and communications, Aspen RxHealth

Christine Cotter, executive director, social strategy and head of social, North America, Ogilvy

Krishana Davis, SVP, digital, Precision 

Mark Durney, SVP, digital, Porter Novelli

Margot Edelman, GM, Edelman New York 

Jessica Enoch, director, Ford Blue operations communications, Ford Motor Company

Abraham Espinosa, SVP, executive director of strategy, Golin

Allyson Funk, head of U.S. communications and public affairs, UCB 

Bruno Giordano, SVP, corporate affairs, BCW

Lisa Kaplan, founder and CEO, Alethea Group

Michael Kaye, director of brand marketing and communications, Archer and OkCupid

Chloé Kerr, director, diversity, equity & inclusion communications, General Motors

Michael Lamp, chief digital and social officer, Hunter

Silje Lier, SVP, social strategy, Evoke Kyne

Rob Longert, cofounder and managing partner, Day One Agency

Blake McEvoy, head of U.S. corporate affairs, respiratory and immunology, vaccines and immune therapies, AstraZeneca

Josh Morton, VP, head of corporate communications, Nestlé North America 

Carlos Olivos, head of communication Spanish speaking Latin America, Airbnb

Kelly Pakula, VP, communications, Instacart

Janelle Panebianco, head of external communications, Papa John's International

Meera Pattni, head of global communications, Semafor

Jacob Porpossian, global executive creative director and partner, FleishmanHillard

Nora Quartaro, senior director, communications, Pepsi Beverages North America, PepsiCo

Beth Richek, SVP, head of finance communications, Wells Fargo

Siân Rylander, director, global stakeholder communications, Hyatt Hotels 

Mariel Sáez, SVP, public affairs, SKDK

Gabby Sagers, EVP, head of Mars portfolio, Weber Shandwick

Kerri Schaffer, people and culture communications lead, Uber

Nirmala Singh, VP, Zeno Group

Chelsea Slaggert, associate director, global corporate communications and issues management, Kraft Heinz

James Marshall Spector, SVP, group creative director, M Booth

Carlos Taveras, communications lead, Ethicon U.S.

Marissa Wallace, VP, client experience, Egami Group

Jenny Wang, SVP, healthcare, Clyde Group

Megan Ward, head of influencer and PR, beauty and well-being, Tresemmé and Vaseline, Unilever

Marni Zapakin, VP, group manager, analytics, Ketchum

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