MIAMI BEACH—With registration now open for The Holmes Group’s first Global Public Relations Summit at the St Regis Bal Harbor from October 29-31, a truly global lineup of speakers is coming together to provide the broadest possible perspective on the issues and challenges facing the PR industry around the world.
From the Asia-Pacific region, speakers include Madan Bahal, chief of executive of Indian PR firm Adfactors; Stephen Forshaw, managing director of corporate affairs, Temasek; Meenu Handa, director of corporate communications, Microsoft India; Gaurav Mishra, head of digital and social, MSLGroup Asia; Whitney Small, regional director of communications, Asia Pacific & Africa, Ford; Richard Tsang, chief executive of Strategic Public Relations Group; and Anthony Rose, vice president of corporate affairs, Asia, Wal-Mart.
Representatives of the EMEA region include Maha Abouelenein, head of communications and public affairs, Middle East, Google; Fraser Hardie, senior partner, Blue Rubicon; Andre Manning, global head of external communications, Royal Philips Electronics; Anne Villemoes, head of communication, Danish Crown; and Ian Wright, corporate relations director, Diageo.
And from North America, speakers and panelists include Christa Carone, chief marketing officer, Xerox; Harris Diamond, chief executive officer, Weber Shandwick; Jon Iwata, senior VP, marketing and communications, IBM; Jim Joseph, president, Cohn & Wolfe America; Mark Penn, chief executive of Burson-Marsteller; Gary Sheffer, vp of corporate communications and public affairs, General Electric; and, Bill Wohl, former chief communications officer at HP.
Over the course of two days, the Summit will focus on “The Influence Imperative” with sessions focused on increasing the influence of the public relations function within corporations and increasing the influence of corporations and other organizations in an increasingly complex and demanding stakeholder environment.