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World’s largest network of independent public relations firms grows during its annual conference in New York City

New York, June 5, 2006 – The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independently owned public relations counseling firms, announced the addition of two new partners – Brod & Schaffer, LLC of New York, N.Y., and Stage Communications Consultancy of Istanbul, Turkey – during its 2006 Global Annual meeting in New York City.

More than 100 senior-level public relations professionals from six continents, including midsize firms from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Asia, Europe and Africa, attended the meeting.

“Our two new partners are an excellent complement to our already strong membership,” said Matt Kucharski, chair of the Americas Region of the Worldcom Public Relations Group and senior vice president at Padilla Speer Beardsley in Minneapolis, Minn. “With each new partner we add, the Worldcom Group’s knowledge, expertise and reach grow, allowing us to deliver successful worldwide programs for our clients. We look forward to the valuable contributions they’ll make to the network.”

Brod & Schaffer, LLC provides specialized investor relations services to public and pre-IPO companies.  The firm offers client counsel, positioning and communications, and relationship building services.  Brod & Schaffer emphasizes a “principal-to-principal” senior-level approach to ensure tangible results.

Stage Communications Consultancy offers press and public relations consulting for business-to-business public relations, lobbying and promotion clients inside Turkey, as well as to clients from other countries that do business in Turkey.

About the Worldcom Public Relations Group
Worldcom Public Relations Group is the world’s leading network of independently owned public relations counseling firms, with some 100 offices in 133 cities worldwide. Established in 1988, it was formed so that the strongest, most capable independent public relations firms could serve national, international and multi-national clients while retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent agencies.  Through Worldcom Group, clients have on-demand access to in-depth communications expertise from professionals who understand the language, culture and customs of the geographic arenas in which they operate.  Visit www.worldcomgroup.com for more information.
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