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New York, N.Y. – January 21 – The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the world’s largest network of independently owned public relations counseling firms, announced the election of its 2009 board of directors for the Americas Region.

Hal Dash of the Los Angeles, Calif.-based Cerrell Associates, Inc. was elected Chairman.  Dash replaces outgoing chairman John Bliss of Bliss PR in New York.

Stefan Pollack of Pollack PR Marketing Group, also in Los Angeles, was appointed Chair-elect and Treasurer.

Dash said he hopes to continue expanding Worldcom’s global reach and the breadth of services and expertise offered by the network.  “Above all, clients seek value and results for their investment, particularly during uncertain economic times,” Dash said.  “Worldcom offers clients direct access to the best and brightest PR minds all over the world – but at the same time, the specialized local knowledge and focused results that are the hallmarks of independent PR agencies.”

In addition to naming Dash and Pollack as Chair and Chair-elect/Treasurer of the Americas Region, other appointments include:
John Bliss, Bliss PR, New York – Immediate Past Chair, Practice Groups
Angelica Consiglio, Planin, Sao Paolo – Latin America Membership
Aileen Katcher, Katcher Vaughn & Bailey, Nashville – Marketing
Neil McGlone, Michael A. Burns & Associates, Dallas – Member Recruitment
Dorothy Pirovano, Public Communications, Inc., Chicago – Member Retention
Virginia Sheridan, M. Silver Associates, New York – Meeting Liaison
Lore McManus Solo, Strategic America, Des Moines – Online / Interactive
Marie-Joseé Gagnon, CASACOM, Montreal – Peer Review
Sandy Hermanoff, Hermanoff Public Relations, Detroit – Professional Development
Todd Lynch, St. John & Partners, Jacksonville – Sponsorship/Vendor Relations
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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 114 partners in 94 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.