NEW YORK—The Council of Public Relations Firms has named Margery Kraus, president and CEO of APCO Worldwide, as new chair of the Council`s board. Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and led a management buyout of the agency in 2004, making APCO one of the largest privately owned communication and public affairs firms in the world. Kraus is also chairman of the board of the Women Presidents` Organization and a trustee of the Arthur W. Page Society and the Institute for Public Relations.
Joining Kraus as executive officers are Andy Polansky (Weber Shandwick) as chair-elect, Jens Bang (Cone) as treasurer, Otis Wragg (Wragg & Casas Public Relations) as secretary, and Ray Kotcher (Ketchum) as immediate past chair.
The Council also announced the election of its new board members, all CEOs/principals of their firms: Christine Barney (rbb Public Relations), Donna Imperato (Cohn & Wolfe), Jennifer Prosek (CJP Communications), Dave Senay (Fleishman-Hillard), Laura Tomasetti (360 Public Relations) and Melissa Waggener Zorkin (Waggener Edstrom Worldwide).
Continuing directors are Tom Coyne (Coyne Public Relations) Ken Eudy (Capstrat), David Fuscus (Xenophon Strategies), Lou Hoffman (The Hoffman Agency), Ken Makovsky (Makovsky + Company), Becky Powell-Schwartz (The Powell Group) John Seng (Spectrum) and Jim Tsokanos (MS&L Worldwide).