Worldcom Public Relations Group Elects Global, Regional Board of Directors

Dix & Eaton’s Scott Chaikin Returns as Global Board Chair

Worldcom Public Relations Group, the leading partnership of global public relations firms, announced today the re-election of Scott Chaikin, executive chairman of Cleveland, Ohio-based Dix & Eaton, as chair of its global Board of Directors. The election of Chaikin and the board’s 2016-17 officers was held during Worldcom’s recent Annual General Meeting in Brussels, Belgium.

The group board of directors is charged with setting and leading the strategic direction of Worldcom. The group and region boards work with and are supported by key committees and Worldcom staff leadership. The boards’ focus is on advancing the brand, increasing partner value, driving thought leadership and knowledge sharing and creating business opportunities for individual, regional and global agency collaboration. Worldcom utilizes the best advantages of independent, combined with the supportive, collaborative partnership to provide a different, better option to clients seeking results oriented marketing and communications solutions.

In addition to Chaikin, the Worldcom global board officers are:

• Chair-elect: Patrik Schober, managing partner, Pram Consulting, Prague, Czech Republic
• Past Chair: Stephanie Paul, managing director, The Phillips Group Pty Ltd, Brisbane, Australia
• Treasurer: Marie-Josée Gagnon, president and founder, CASACOM, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
• Marketing: Chris Baldwin, principal, True Digital Communications, Cleveland, Ohio
• Membership/Recruitment: Corinna Voss, managing director, HBI GmbH, Munich, Germany
• Business Development: Crispin Manners, CEO, Onva Consulting, Surrey, United Kingdom
• Partner Satisfaction: Monty Hagler, president and CEO, RLF Communications, Greensboro, North Carolina
• Knowledge Sharing/Practice Groups: Angelica Consiglio, CEO, Planin, Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Asia Pacific Region Chair: Thomas B. Van Blarcom, managing director, TQPR, Bangkok, Thailand
• EMEA Region Chair: András Nagy, managing director, Probako Communications, Budapest, Hungary
• Americas Region Chair: Tom Donoghue, APR, president, Donoghue & Associates, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

The diversity and experience of our board reflects the broad scope of Worldcom, which delivers world-class results in every market by combining deep local expertise with a uniquely supportive network,” said Chaikin. “These boards are not in title only, but make significant contributions to the strategic direction and success of Worldcom. The synergy between the group and region boards and between the boards and Worldcom staff have resulted in substantial advancements for our brand and significant benefits for our partners and their clients.”

Regional boards were also elected. The Worldcom Americas Board officers include:

• Chair/Canada Partner Recruitment: Tom Donoghue, APR, president, Donoghue & Associates, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
• Past Chair: Sharon Linhart, managing partner, Linhart PR, Denver, Colorado
• Chair Elect: Sean Rossall, CEO and managing partner, Dick Jones Communications, Los Angeles, California
• Latin America/Partner Recruitment: Luis Avellanedo Ulloa, managing director, Realidades, Lima, Peru
• Latin America/Retention: Daniel Feged, general director/CEO, Grupo Albión, Bogota, Colombia
• Treasurer: Chris Costello, CFO, Deveney, New Orleans, Louisiana
• Marketing: Jon Bloom, CEO, chief strategy officer, founding partner, McGrath/Power Public Relations & Communications, San Jose, California
• Partner Recruitment: Gary Wells, senior managing director, Dix & Eaton, Cleveland, Ohio
• Partner Retention/Peer Review: Brad Fishman, CEO, Fishman PR, Northbrook, Illinois
• Meetings: Tim Oliver, president/principal, MorganMyers, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
• Professional Development: Brian Fox, principal, Enterprise Canada, Toronto, Ontario
• Partnerships: Cory Stewart, senior vice president/COO, Cookerly Public Relations, Atlanta, Georgia
The Worldcom EMEA (Europe Middle East Africa) Board officers include:

• Chair: András Nagy, managing director, Probako Communications, Budapest, Hungary
• Past Chair: Patrik Schober, managing director, PRAM Consulting, Prague, Czech Republic
• Treasurer: Hans Karperien, managing director, InstiCOM, Brussels, Belgium
• Business Development & Marketing: Crispin Manners, CEO, Onva Consulting, Surrey, United Kingdom
• Peer Review: Caroline Prince, managing director, Yucatan, Paris, France
• New Membership Co-Chair: Corinna Voss, managing director, HBI GmbH, Munich, Germany
• New Membership Co-Chair: Björn Mogensen, senior PR consultant, Oxensteirna & Partners, Stockholm, Sweden
• Retention: Theo Snijders, managing consultant, Wisse Kommunikatie, Arnhem, The Netherlands
• Young Consultants: Todor Janev, Janev & Janev, Sofia, Bulgaria

The Worldcom Asia Pacific Board officers include:

• Chair: Thomas B. Van Blarcom, managing director, TQPR, Bangkok, Thailand
• Past Chair: Niall Dologhan, partner, TQPR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Treasurer: Niall Dologhan, partner, TQPR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
• Partner Recruitment: Thomas B. Van Blarcom, managing director, TQPR, Bangkok, Thailand
• Marketing: Aman Gupta, managing partner, SPAG Consultants, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

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