A superstar line-up of industry leaders will explore the Changing Relationship Between Marketing & Public Relations at a unique Holmes Report international conference in Prague.

Agency leaders Harris Diamond, Richard Edelman and Miles Young are among the confirmed headline speakers at The Holmes Report’s first ThinkTank Live event, which will take place on the day of the 2011 EMEA SABRE Awards dinner in Prague, May 18.

Other speakers include Philips global comms chief and acting head of marketing Andre Manning, former HP global CMO Michael Mendenhall and Danish Crown comms director Anne Villemoes.

The conference will focus on continued integration of PR and marketing as a result of the growing influence of social media. Participants from the advertising and public relations business, and from in-house marketing and corporate communications roles, will discuss whether PR has the potential and the people to take a more central role in marketing, and whether blurring of the lines between corporate reputation and brand image will lead to a restructuring of communications roles inside organizations.

To view the conference agenda and book your seat please visit the ThinkTank Live webpage. The event is free for attendees of the SABRE Awards EMEA dinner, taking place on the evening of 18 May at Prague Castle. Please contact Celeste Picco to reserve a seat at the dinner.

Speaker information

Harris Diamond is CEO of the Constituency Management Group of the Interpublic Group of Companies, which includes firms specialized in public relations, public affairs, sports and entertainment marketing, corporate/brand identity and experiential marketing. He is also chief executive officer of global public relations firm Weber Shandwick.

Richard Edelman is the president and CEO of Edelman, world's largest independent public relations firm with more than 3,700 employees in 54 cities worldwide.

Miles Young was named global CEO of The Ogilvy Group in 2008, after previously serving as chairman of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide in the Asia Pacific region. Young previously held positions at Lintas and Allen Brady & Marsh before joining Ogilvy & Mather in 1983.

Andre Manning is VP and global head of external communications at Royal Phillips Electronics, and is also acting global head of marketing. Since joining the company in 1994, he has held various senior management positions in Amsterdam, the US and Prague.

Michael Mendenhall is president and COO at LIPMAN. He is also a director of the private equity firm which led the March 2011 buyout of the Lipman family and of their storied advertising agency to create LIPMAN, a new company that challenges the traditional approach to marketing and truly is in the business of building brands. Prior to joining LIPMAN, Mendenhall was senior vice president and CMO at HP, where he directed all aspects of corporate marketing operations globally. Before HP, Mendenhall spent 17 years at the Walt Disney Company, culminating in his position as executive vice president in charge of all marketing and communications for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, a $10 billion business spanning North America, Europe and Asia.

Anne Villemoes is director of corporate communications at international food producer Danish Crown. vVillemoes previously served as head of press at FDB, the Association of Danish Consumer Cooperatives, and head of press at the Danish Consumer Council. Earlier, she was a press secretary for the Ministry of Food, Agriculture & Fisheries, and a journalist with Jyllands Posten.