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October 16, 2010

Corbett Selected to Lead Public Relations Society of America

General Assembly Approves Slate of Candidates for Board of Directors
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 16, 2010) — Gerard “Gerry” Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA, a long-time global Fortune 100 senior communications executive and the current founder and president of Redphlag LLC in San Bruno, Calif., has been elected as the 2012 chair and CEO of the 31,000-member Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), the largest association of public relations professionals and students.
The PRSA General Assembly today confirmed the PRSA Nominating Committee’s choice of Corbett and eight other directors to lead the organization beginning in 2012. The General Assembly is part of the Society’s International Conference, “Powering PRogress,” which runs through Oct. 19, and is expected to draw more than 3,000 professionals and students.
Joining Corbett on the 2011 PRSA National Executive Committee will be Rosanna Fiske, APR, 2011 chair and CEO; Philip Tate, APR, treasurer; and Kathy Barbour, APR, secretary.
Newly elected PRSA national board members include:
  • Director, Tri-State District:                   
    Joseph E. Cohen, APR, group vice president, MWW, East Rutherford, N.J.
  • Director, Sunshine District:                 
    Geri Ann Evans, APR, president, Evans PR Group, Longwood, Fla.
  • Director, Mid-Atlantic District:           
    Steven Lewis Grant, APR, senior manager, public relations, National Education Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Director, Northeast District:               
    Kirk Hazlett, APR, Fellow PRSA, assistant professor, communication, Curry College, Belmont, Mass.
  • 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, manager, external communications and community relations, CenturyLink, Overland Park, Kan.
  • Director, Western District:                  
    Marisa Vallbona, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, CIM Inc., La Jolla, Calif.
  • At-Large Director:                                    
    Susan Walton, APR, associate professor, communications, Brigham Young University Provo, Utah
They join current directors returning for 2011, which include:
  • Immediate Past Chair
    Gary McCormick, APR, Fellow PRSA, director, partnership development, HGTV, Scripps Networks, Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Director, North Pacific District    
    Bob Frause, APR, Fellow PRSA, chairman & CEO, Frause, Seattle, Wash.
  • Director, Southwest District
    Blake D. Lewis, III, APR, Fellow PRSA, principal, Lewis Public Relations, Dallas, Texas
  • Director, Southeast District 
    Mickey G. Nall, APR, Fellow PRSA, managing director, Ogilvy Public Relations, Atlanta, Ga.
  • At-large Director   
    Barbara J. Whitman, APR, Fellow PRSA, president, BJW Public Relations, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Also approved by the General Assembly were Michael A. Brown, Sr., associate, strategic communications, Booz Allen Hamilton, Norfolk, Va., and Joyce A. Lofstrom, APR, senior manager, corporate communications, HIMSS, Chicago, Ill., as Assembly Delegates-at-Large; and Anthony Bradley, director, Bradley O’Mahoney Public Relations Limited, United Kingdom, as International Assembly Delegate-at-Large. 
“PRSA is at critical crossroads as we enter the second decade of the 21st Century,” said Corbett. “With the proliferation and evolution of social media, globalization, technology proliferation and geopolitical dynamics, public relations professionals have both a mandate and opportunity to expand their impact on organizational success, decision-making and advancement. Among my priorities are strengthening the involvement of experienced senior professionals and other critical constituencies that affect our members and industry, engaging and preparing the next generation of public relations professionals, and employing advanced technology for greater engagement and efficiency. It will be an honor to lead this organization of extraordinary professionals and students.”
Corbett has four decades of experience in technology, corporate communications and public relations. Prior to founding Redphlag LLC, a strategic management consulting and coaching firm and services provider, he was vice president of the branding and corporate communications group for Hitachi, Ltd. from 1995-2007. He previously served in senior communications and public relations roles with several leading global corporations, including Loral Corporation, ASARCO Incorporated, Gould Inc. and International Harvester.
A 33-year member of PRSA who has served in a number of national leadership positions, Corbett also is also a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; past president of the International Advertising Association/West; and member of the Arthur Page Society, National Investor Relations Institute, National Association of Science Writers, San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable and International Coaching Federation.
“Gerry’s selection as PRSA’s 2012 chair sets up the Society for great success in the years to come,” said McCormick, the 2010 chair and CEO. “Assembly delegates demonstrated why PRSA and our profession are both thriving in a time of continued economic strife. They not only care passionately about the direction and value of the Society, but also for the strategic business value of public relations.”
About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
With more than 31,000 members, PRSA is the largest organization of public relations professionals and students. PRSA is comprised of 111 local Chapters organized into 10 geographic Districts; 16 Professional Interest Sections that focus on issues, trends and research relevant to specialized practice areas, such as technology, health care, financial communications, entertainment and sports, and travel tourism; and the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which has more than 300 Chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. PRSA is headquartered in New York.
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