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October 15, 2011

Ogilvy’s Nall Elected to Lead Public Relations Society of America

Leadership Assembly Approves Slate of Candidates for Board of Directors
ORLANDO, Fla. (October 15, 2011) — Delegates representing the 32,000-professional and student members of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) have elected Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, to be PRSA’s 2013 chair and CEO. Nall is managing director of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in Atlanta, and a member of PRSA’s Board of Directors.
 
The vote, which took place at the annual meeting of PRSA’s Leadership Assembly, formally accepts the PRSA Nominating Committee’s recommendation of Nall and four other directors to lead the organization beginning in 2013. The Leadership Assembly meets each year in conjunction with the Society’s International Conference; the 2011 conference, “Imagine. Create. Inspire. Envisioning the Future of Public Relations,” will run through Oct. 18. More than 3,000 public relations professionals and students are expected to attend.
 
"It’s a great honor to be elected to lead PRSA in 2013,” said Nall. “I look forward to working with the Society’s leadership and members to accomplish several important goals, including the creation of a more diverse and welcoming environment for the public relations profession; standardizing the industry’s measurement tools, to better demonstrate our value to employers and the organizations we support; and the development of industry-leading best practices and tools that advance the profession.”
 
Joining Nall on the 2012 PRSA National Executive Committee will be Gerard F. Corbett, APR Fellow PRSA, 2012 chair and CEO; Kathy Barbour, APR, treasurer; and David C. Rickey, APR, secretary.
 
Newly elected PRSA National Board Members include:
 
Directors at Large
  • Jane E. Dvorak, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, JKD & Company Inc., Lakewood, Colo.
  • Diane Gage Lofgren, APR, Fellow PRSA, senior vice president, brand strategy, communications and public relations, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, Oakland, Calif.
  • Mark W. McClennan, APR, senior vice president, Schwartz MSL, Waltham, Mass.
  • Elizabeth A. Pecsi, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, executive communications, Unisys Corp., El Cajon, Calif.
They join current directors returning for 2012, which include:
  • Immediate Past Chair
    Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, program director and associate professor of public relations and advertising, Florida International University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Miami.
  • Director, Mid-Atlantic District
    Steven Lewis Grant, APR, senior manager, public relations, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Director, East Central District
    Stephen D. Iseman, Ph.D., APR, Fellow PRSA, professor, Ohio Northern University, Ada, Ohio.
  • Director, Midwest District
    Debra D. Peterson, APR, director, external communications and community relations, CenturyLink, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Director, Northeast District              
    Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, associate professor, communication, Curry College, Belmont, Mass.
  • Director, Sunshine District         
    Geri Ann Evans, APR, president, Evans PR Group, Longwood, Fla.
  • Director, Tri-State District                 
    Joseph E. Cohen, APR, group vice president, MWW, East Rutherford, N.J.
  • Director, Western District                  
    Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, CIM Inc., La Jolla, Calif.
  • Director, At-Large
    Susan Walton, APR, associate professor, communications, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. 
The Leadership Assembly also ratified the selection of Janet C. Hart, CFEE, APR, vice president, public relations and communications, Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont, Charlotte, N.C., and Kurt A. Wise, Ph.D., APR, associate professor and chair, public relations department, Quinnipiac University, Hamden, Conn., as Assembly Delegates-at-Large; and Peter J. Codella, II, APR, CEO, Codella Marketing LLC, Woods Cross, Utah, and Quentin Alistair Langley, lecturer, London Metropolitan University, Woking, United Kingdom, as International Assembly Delegates-at-Large.
 
Nall Brings Experience, Passion to Role as Chair
As a managing director of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Nall serves on the company’s global management committee. He previously served in the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy as the onsite liaison between Ogilvy & Mather and the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign.
 
His clients at Ogilvy have included the Federal Emergency Management Agency; Brand Atlanta; U.S. Fire Administration (USFA); United Way of America; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); American Home Furnishings Alliance; America Automobile Association (AAA); Coca-Cola’s Minute Maid products; Sylvan Learning Systems; and General Electric Global Exchange Services.
 
Prior to joining Ogilvy, Nall was director of communications for the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He was also president of Nall II Agency Inc., a Florida-based public relations consulting firm. He is co-chair of the PRSA Georgia Chapter’s Advocacy Committee, and in 2009, was named a distinguished alumnus of the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications.
 
“Mickey’s election as 2013 PRSA chair and CEO positions the Society for further growth,” said Rosanna M. Fiske, APR, 2011 PRSA chair and CEO. “His experience managing one of the top global public relations firms will translate well to leading the world’s largest and most influential public relations association. He not only possesses the passion and enthusiasm for PRSA’s mission, but is driven to ensure the public relations profession continues to grow and prosper.”
 
About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
PRSA is the largest professional organization serving the U.S. public relations community. With a mission to “advance the profession and the professional,” PRSA provides news and information, thought leadership, continuing education and networking opportunities; sets standards of professional excellence and ethical conduct; and advocates for the business value of public relations andgreater diversity among public relations professionals. Based in New York, PRSA comprises 112 local Chapters; 14 Professional Interest Sections that focus on specific industries and practice areas; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which is active at more than 320 colleges and universities.
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