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The Comms World At Davos

So which PR industry bigwigs are actually making the pilgrimage up the magic mountain this year?

Arun Sudhaman

The Comms World At Davos

 

Thanks to an excellent attendee list from Quartz, I did a little research. The results are below, and reveal the preponderance of chief communications officers and corporate relations directors. That is unsurprising, given the close links between such executives and the CEOs that they work for. In terms of companies, the usual suspects are represented along with many major companies from emerging markets.

​The agency world, meanwhile, is certainly better represented than it once was — drawn, no doubt, by the plentiful networking opportunities and, for some, actual participation in the Forum agenda. Unfortunately, though, in keeping with one of the criticisms of this year’s Davos turnout, agency representation is dominated by men. Thankfully, there are a few more women among the in-house ranks, although still not enough.

Here’s my working list. Do let me know if I’ve left you off.

In-house

Clyde C. Tuggle
Senior Vice-President, Global Public Affairs and Communications, The Coca-Cola Company

Carlos Lopez Blanco
Global Head, Public and Corporate Affairs, Telefonica SA

Enrico Manaresi
Global Director, Communications and Media Relations, Technogym SPA

Simon Sproule
Director, Marketing and Communications, Renault-Nissan Alliance

Mette Fossum Beyer
Director, Global Communications, Government and Corporate Social Responsibility, The Reitan Group

Mike Davies
Director, Global Communications, PwC

John Murray
Group Communications Director, Prudential Plc

Håkon Mageli
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Corporate Affairs, Orkla ASA

Manuel Kohnstamm
Senior Vice-President and Chief Policy Officer, Liber

Michael Prescott
Director, Corporate Affairs, BT Group Plc

Karin Schlautmann
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs and Marketing and Member of the Group Management Committee, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA

Pradipta Bagchi
Vice-President and Global Head, Communications, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Andrey Shtorkh
Member of the Executive Board, Director for Strategic Communications, Renova Group

Asif Saleh
Senior Director, Strategy, Communications and Capacity, BRAC

Libby Archell
Chief Communications Officer, Alcoa Inc.

Dan Bartlett
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

William Sheedy
Global Executive, Corporate Strategy, M&A, Government Relations, Visa Inc.

Senior Vice-President and Chief Sustainability, Investor Relations and Corporate Communication Officer, IHS

Dina H. Powell
President, Goldman Sachs Foundation; Global Head, Corporate Engagement, Goldman Sachs

Morten Albaek
Group Senior Vice-President, Global MarCom and Corporate Relations, Vestas Wind Systems A/S

Catherine May
Director, Corporate Affairs, SABMiller Plc

Lise Kingo
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Relations, Novo Nordisk A/S

Ian Wright
Corporate Relations Director, Diageo Plc

Niklas Gustavsson
Executive Vice-President, Corporate Public and Environmental Affairs, AB Volvo

Paul de Lara
Head of PR, Europe, Infosys

Elinor Steele,
‎Vice President, Global Communications & Women’s Initiatives, Tupperware

Agency

Christopher Graves
Global Chief Executive Officer, Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide

Richard W. Edelman
President and Chief Executive Officer, Edelman

Michael Stewart
President and Chief Executive Officer, Europe and CIS, Edelman

Jack B. Dunn
President and Chief Executive Officer, FTI Consulting Inc.

Mark Malloch-Brown
Chairman, Europe, Middle East and Africa, FTI Consulting

Barri Rafferty
Senior Partner and Chief Executive Officer, North America, Ketchum Inc.

Olivier Fleurot
CEO, MSLGroup

Jack Modzelewski
President, Americas, FleishmanHillard

Malcolm Gooderham
Managing partner, TLG

Kathy Bloomgarden
CEO, Ruder Finn

Margery Kraus
Founder and CEO, APCO

Rob Flaherty
CEO, Ketchum

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