PRSA, the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community, has named Chris Kuechenmeister and Chuck Wallington, Ph.D., as Senior Counsel to the 2022 Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Dr. Felicia Blow, APR, 2022 PRSA Chair.
Kuechenmeister is a Senior Vice president of Communications at PepsiCo and Dr. Wallington serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Cone Health. Senior Counsel is a nonvoting position and for a term of one year.
“Chris and Chuck are both trusted communications leaders, who are immensely devoted to PRSA and the profession,” said Dr. Blow. “It is my great pleasure to welcome them as PRSA Board colleagues. I’m confident they will provide valuable guidance and insight as we work to ensure PRSA is serving our members to the best of our ability.”
In his role at PepsiCo, Kuechenmeister is responsible for leading brand communications, reputation management and employee engagement for the company’s North America beverage business – PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA). As a member of PBNA’s executive committee, he oversees internal and external communications across customers, employees, the media and other key stakeholders. Prior to his current role, Kuechenmeister held multiple positions within the organization that promoted the company’s food, beverage and nutrition portfolios, including PepsiCo’s collection of snack brands.
During his career, Kuechenmeister has served in various leadership positions on both the corporate and agency sides of the business, including roles with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Citizen Relations and Michelin North America. Kuechenmeister holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University.
Wallington was promoted to Chief Marketing & Communications Officer of Cone Health. in 2019. Since joining the organization in 2011, he has built an award-winning team of professionals focused on providing strategic marketing and communications support for the organization’s business goals.
Prior to joining Cone Health, he was a Vice President of Communications at American Express for 15 years. Before his time at American Express, for 11 years Wallington held a variety of public relations roles with Nabisco and the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Wallington earned a Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from North Carolina A&T State University. He holds a master’s degree in communications management from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the nation’s leading professional organization serving the communications community. PRSA is the principal advocate for industry excellence and ethical conduct and provides members lifelong learning opportunities and leading-edge resources to enhance professional connections and support them at every stage of their career. With nearly 30,000 members, PRSA is collectively represented by 110 Chapters and 14 Professional Interest Sections, and on nearly 375 college and university campuses through its student organization, the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA). For more information, please visit www.prsa.org.