Arun Sudhaman 16 Oct 2011 // 5:46AM GMT
European country managers from some of the world’s largest public relations agencies are among the latest additions to the 2012 EMEA SABRE Awards jury. The new judges lead national operations across the region for Burson-Marsteller, Cohn & Wolfe, Edelman, Fleishman-Hillard, Hill & Knowlton, and Ketchum, in Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Russia, Spain and Switzerland. Mark Cahalane is managing director of Edelman’s operations in Ireland and also serves as chair of the firm’s EMEA corporate practice. He was previously executive director at Drury Communications, a leading public relations firm in Ireland, where he specialized in corporate, financial and communications and government relations. Andrea Cornelli is chairman and CEO of Ketchum Italy. In 1981, when he was still just 19 years old, he founded C&T, a firm specializing in the information technology and communications sectors, which began its collaboration with Ketchum in 1988. Six years later, he took control over Telemacus, which specializing in the digital space. He also serves as vice president of Assorel, the Italian association of PR agencies. Victoria Dix has been with Cohn & Wolfe for 15 years, originally as director of the corporate and business-to-business team in London. In 2001, she moved to Geneva to open the seventh European office, specializing in Swiss and multi-market, multi-lingual campaigns. She has also spent eight years helping to build the World Heart Federation into a global voice for the prevention of heart disease. Elena Fadeeva is general director of Fleishman-Hillard Vanguard, which was formed in 2007 following the acquisition of Fadeeva’s firm Vanguard Communications by international public relations agency Fleishman-Hillard. She is also chairwoman of AKOS, the Russian Communications Consultancies Association. Ingo Heijnen is managing director for Hill & Knowlton in the Netherlands, and is responsible for the firm’s corporate and financial communications practices. In the past, he worked for Citroën Nederland, where he served as PR manager, and Numico, where he served as international communication manager. Carmen Valera has been president of Burson-Marsteller in Spain since 2004, having previously held management positions in the Barcelona office and in client service and new business. She has led campaigns for clients ranging from Real Madrid to Tourism Mexico. She is a member of the board of ADECEC, the Spanish PR association.