New York, NY, Oct.  27, 2010 – The Council of Public Relations Firms (Council), the industry’s trade association, announced today the election of its new officers and directors.  
 
The new chair of the Council’s Board is Andy Polansky, president of Weber Shandwick, one of the world’s largest public relations firms.  Polansky has been with the firm for more than 20 years, and was named to his current global role in March 2004, after leading the firm’s North American business. In November 2010, he will be inducted into the PR News PR People Hall of Fame.
 
Joining Polansky as executive officers are Ken Eudy (Capstrat) as treasurer, Laura Tomasetti (360 Public Relations) as secretary, and Margery Kraus (APCO Worldwide) as immediate past chair of the Council.

The Council also announced the election of its new board members, all CEOs/principals of their firms: Amy Binder (RF Binder Partners), Sharon Linhart (Linhart Public Relations), Elise Mitchell (Mitchell Communications Group), Gary Stockman (Porter Novelli) and Janet Tyler (Airfoil Public Relations).
 
Continuing directors, all CEOs/Principals of their firms, are: Christine Barney (rbb Public Relations), Tom Coyne (Coyne Public Relations), David Fuscus (Xenophon Strategies), Donna Imperato (Cohn & Wolfe), Ken Makovsky (Makovsky + Company), Becky Powell-Schwartz (The Powell Group), Jennifer Prosek (CJP Communications), Dave Senay (Fleishman-Hillard) and Melissa Waggener Zorkin (Waggener Edstrom Worldwide).
 
“The Council provides an important service to U.S. public relations firms,” said Polansky. “As our industry continues to expand and evolve, we are increasingly playing on a bigger stage, which means not only having higher level strategic interaction with our clients, but finding and retaining the kind of talent required to thrive in such a competitive marketplace.  My focus as Chair will be to make sure the Council continues to raise its game, on all fronts, to the match the needs of the industry and our members.”
 
“Andy Polansky is among the most respected, hardest-working leaders in public relations today,” said Kathy Cripps, president of the Council of Public Relations Firms. “His commitment and passion for the public relations industry have been well-known to us for many years through his past service on Council committees, in addition to his contributions to many other important industry initiatives over the years. The Council and its Board of Directors are looking forward to a productive year ahead under Andy’s leadership.”
 
The Council of Public Relations Firms was founded in 1998 and is comprised of America’s leading public relations firms. Its membership represents the premier global, mid-size, regional and specialty agencies across every discipline and practice area. The Council’s mission is to advance the business of public relations firms by building the market and firms’ value as strategic business partners. For more information about the Council, visit www.prfirms.org.