These powerhouses give voice to some of the world’s most important companies, countries, and people
1 MARGARET DUNNING
Principal & Chief Strategy Officer Widmeyer Communications
In addition to overseeing the firm’s higher education and research practices, Dunning has extensive experience in issues management, crisis communications, media strategy, and long-term client positioning. She has worked with the Business Roundtable, Wellesley College, and the Association of American Publishers, among other major clients.
2 CHRISTOPHER GRAVES
Global CEO Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide
After 23 years in news business, Graves joined Ogilvy PR in 2005 as president and regional CEO of the Asia Pacific region and became Global CEO in late 2009. His future wish list includes writing a screenplay, hosting a talk show, and playing in a jazz band. In the meantime, he moderates, hosts, and speaks at events such as the World Economic Forum and 3G World Congress. Not a bad substitute.
3 MARGERY KRAUS
Founder & CEO APCO
Specializing in public affairs, communication and business consulting for major multinationals, APCO started as a small Washington office and morphed into a premiere global consulting firm under Kraus’ leadership. She pioneered one of the industry’s earliest practices in corporate responsibility and the development of public/private partnerships.
4 ROBERT REHG
President Edelman Washington
Rehg has been in public relations, journalism, politics, and public affairs for more than 25 years. With Edelman, he works on reputation management, corporate communications, crisis and issues management, mergers and acquisitions, as well as coalition programs in a wide range of industries. Rehg also managed rollout of reports for the 9/11 Commission and Iraq Study Group, and crisis communications for the American Red Cross.
6 PETE SNYDER
Founder & CEO New Media Strategies
Drawing on his background as a nationally-known pollster and a media consultant, Snyder founded New Media Strategies in 1999, creating a new industry segment in market research, online marketing and communications. He has been honored by Fortune Small Business for his innovative management-style when they named him “2006 Best Boss.”
7 LON WALLS
President & CEO Walls Communications, Inc.
Founded in 1993, Walls Communications is one of the oldest, largest and most distinctive African American-owned public relations firms in the nation. WCI specializes in manifold areas of the communications industry and focuses on media relations, broadcast services, crisis communications management, diversity communications, and strategic planning. Walls is known for his numerous PR accomplishments with Fortune 500 businesses, organizations, and government agencies.
8 DOUG PORETZ
Founding Partner Qorvis Communications
With over four decades of public relations experience, Poretz specializes in investor relations, enterprise valuation issues, and corporate communications and positioning at Qorvis. As cofounder, he set out to create a new model for a communications company, and now years later, this goal has been accomplished.