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The Worldcom Public Relations Group Installs New Global Board and Regional Committees

by | Aug 5, 2021

The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the leading global partnership of public relations firms, formally installed its group board and regional committees for 2021-2022. Todor Ianev, Managing Partner, Janev & Janev, Sofia, Bulgaria was voted in as the Group Chair, his first term in this role, and welcomed his new board during Worldcom’s monthly board meeting. Stefan Pollack, President, The Pollack Group, Los Angeles, CA was appointed as Vice Chair to serve alongside Ianev. Monty Hagler, CEO, RLF Communications, Greensboro, NC will continue as chair of the Americas Committee; Luis Avellaneda, Managing Director, Realidades, Lima, Peru will chair the LATAM committee and Serge Beckers, Managing Partner, Wisse Kommunikatie, Arnhem, The Netherlands will begin his first term as chair of the EMEA Committee.

“In building a partnership of the finest independent agencies in the world, we are also fortunate to be led by some of the finest PR minds and leaders of those agencies,” said Todd Lynch, Managing Director, The Worldcom Public Relations Group. “This strength in partnership produces strong board leadership. Todor Ianev, with Worldcom’s regional chairs and the new Global board members, are poised to build on Worldcom’s strong global brand as well as facilitate strong partner interaction, strengthening our organizational governance, implementation of our annual thought leadership initiative (Confidence Index Report), and ongoing business and marketing campaigns.”

“It is an honor to continue serving Worldcom’s partnership, and I am looking forward to supporting my fellow partners,” said Ianev. “The organization and peer support/interaction has never been more active or valuable to agency leadership than through the last 12-18 months, and I am excited to keep this momentum moving forward.”

During a challenging year, Worldcom has launched new initiatives and expanded the partnership by five partners. The strong leadership behind Worldcom and the support of its partners have become especially apparent in recent months. “Worldcom’s partnership is rooted in trust and collaboration. It creates an environment that allows us to lean on each other in the good times and through unforeseen challenges. This collegial support and interaction are invaluable, especially in navigating the many challenges posed in the last year,” added Ianev.

About The Worldcom Public Relations Group
The Worldcom Public Relations Group is the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations firms, with 143 offices employing some 2,000 staff in 115 cities across six continents. In total, Worldcom partners reported combined revenue of US$300+ million last year from 3,034 clients. Established in 1988, the group was formed so that the strongest, most capable independent firms could deliver immediate impact and sustained value through the intelligent use of communications – wherever in the world a client needs support. Partners serve national, international and multinational clients, while retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent agencies. Through Worldcom, clients have on-demand access to in-depth communications expertise from professionals who understand the language, culture, and customs of the geographic areas in which they operate. Learn more about Worldcom at www.worldcomgroup.com or by calling 1-800-955-9675.

The 2021 full board lists:

Worldcom Public Relations Group’s Boards

2021-2022 Group Board

Chair
Todor Ianev, Janev & Janev, Sofia, Bulgaria
Vice Chair
Stefan Pollack, The Pollack Group, Los Angeles, CA
Past Chair
Roger Hurni, Off Madison Ave., Phoenix, AZ
Americas Region Chair
Monty Hagler, RLF Communications, Greensboro, NC
EMEA Region Chair
Serge Beckers, Wisse Kommunikatie, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Treasurer
Jim Brown, Dix & Eaton, Cleveland, OH
Marketing
Stefan Pollack, The Pollack Group, Los Angeles, CA
Business Development
Crispin Manners, Onva, Surrey, UK
Membership/Recruitment
Stephanie Paul, Phillips Group, Brisbane, Australia
Partner Engagement
Serge Beckers, Wisse Kommunikatie, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Knowledge Sharing/Practice Groups
Marie-Josee Gagnon, CASACOM, Montreal, Quebec
Asia Pacific At Large
Tom Van Blarcom, TQPR, Bangkok, Thailand
LATAM Region
Luis Avellaneda, Realidades, Lima, Peru
LATAM Region
Arturo Arriagada, LatinMedia, Santiago, Chile
Americas At Large
Brad Fishman, Fishman Public Relations, Northbrook, IL

2021-2022 Americas Committee

Chair
Monty Hagler, RLF Communications, Greensboro, NC
Past Chair
Brad Fishman, Fishman PR, Chicago, IL
Treasurer
Jim Brown, Dix & Eaton, Cleveland, OH
USA Recruitment
Scott Willyerd, RW Jones, Pittsburgh, PA
USA Recruitment
John Raffetto, Raffetto Herman Strategic Communications, Seattle, WA
LATAM Recruitment
Luis Avellaneda, Realidades, Lima, Peru
Professional Development
Jessica Phelan, Vault, Philadelphia, PA
Partnerships
Cory Stewart, Cookerly PR, Atlanta, GA
Marketing
Jeff Blay, Enterprise Canada, Toronto, Ontario

2021-2022 EMEA Committee

Chair
Serge Beckers, Wisse Kommunikatie, Arnhem, The Netherlands
Past Chair
Todor Ianev, Janev & Janev, Sofia, Bulgaria
Treasurer
Hans Karperien, InstiCOM, Brussels, Belgium
Business Development
Crispin Manners, Onva, Surrey, UK
Peer Review
Caroline Prince, Yucatan, Paris, France
New Membership
Bjorn Mogensen, Oxenstierna, Stockholm, Sweden
New Membership
Fernando Batista, DoItOn, Lisbon, Portugal
New Membership
Stephen Forbes, Meropa, South Africa
Young Consultants
Andras R. Nagy, Probako Communications, Budapest, Hungary
Marketing
Frederic Bollhorst, komm-passion GmbH
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Imma Folch, LF Channel, Barcelona, Spain
Meetings
Seyhan Ayel, OptimoreGroup, Istanbul, Turkey
Professional Development
Chris Lawrence, JBP Associates, London, UK

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