COMMENT: Letters; There’s nothing like youth and charisma

Anyone reading Michael Bland’s endorsement of Peter Walker for the presidency (PR Week, 20 October) could be excused for inferring that Bland knew both candidates.

Anyone reading Michael Bland’s endorsement of Peter Walker for the

presidency (PR Week, 20 October) could be excused for inferring that

Bland knew both candidates.



He hardly knows Simon Lewis, but that does not prevent him from implying

that Simon’s only merit is youth. Those who know Simon will agree that

few could match his intellectual ability and he combines an exceptional

mind with a personality that exudes leadership qualities.



Simon has charisma. He is also 36 - an age that is ideal for inspiring

younger members of the Institute and old enough to gain respect from

seasoned practitioners.



I am delighted at the prospect of a leader who has already turned around

a major PR group - city and financial - and will be young enough to make

a major contribution to the Institute in the run-up to the millenium and

into the next century.



Michael Smith, Chairman Golly Slater PR



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