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September 25, 2013

PRSA Promotes Cegielski to Vice President of Public Relations

NEW YORK (Sept. 25, 2013) — The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has promoted Stephanie Cegielski to the position of vice president of public relations. Cegielski previously served as PRSA’s associate director of public relations.
In this position, Cegielski will have full responsibility for all aspects of PRSA’s public relations efforts, including advocacy for the public relations industry and its professionals. Through thought leadership and public discourse and by promoting best practices, ethics and the role of public relations as a valuable business tool, Cegielski will drive industry recognition and growth.
With her appointment as vice president, public relations, Cegielski succeeds Arthur Yann, who unexpectedly passed away in June. Since that time, Cegielski has led the public relations department in an interim role and has been indispensable in advising the PRSA leadership team.
“Stephanie stepped into a challenging situation when she accepted the role of interim head of public relations for PRSA,” said William Murray, CAE, PRSA President and Chief Operating Officer. “Throughout this difficult time, she furthered my confidence in her abilities by not only providing continuity for our public relations efforts, but by allowing them to flourish. Stephanie brings extensive experience, candor and leadership ability to our Society, with the extra advantage of knowing the unique aspects of our culture that make PRSA such a special place.”  Murray noted that Cegielski’s appointment culminated a search that included both internal and external candidates.
In her nearly 20 years of professional experience, Cegielski has worked in both the public and private sectors in a variety roles, including: corporate accounting and as a financial analyst, political advisor, communications strategist, lobbyist, legislative analyst and public relations advocate. Throughout her career, Cegielski has excelled in crisis communication, advocacy, issues management, reputation management and written communication.
In her tenure at PRSA, Cegielski has led the Society’s advocacy program, and has tirelessly defended the public relations industry against unwarranted criticism. In addition, she has led the strategic planning process and content creation for the public relations department.
Cegielski currently serves as the staff liaison to PRSA's Board of Ethics and Professional Standards (BEPS) and is supervising PRSA’s Diversity Committee. In the past year Cegielski coordinated Ethics Month and Black History Month activities, both encompassing an extensive blog series and social media outreach.  In addition, she oversaw the creation of the PRSA Ethics App last September.  
Cegielski holds an undergraduate degree in economics and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
About the Public Relations Society of America
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 and greater 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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