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 NEW YORK, December 2, 2009 –  The Worldcom Public Relations Group, the largest global network of independent public relations firms, elected a new  Americas Region board at its recent annual regional meeting.

The eleven-member board will be chaired by Stefan Pollack, a ten-year partner in the Worldcom organization, and president of LA-based firm, The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

Pollack has set the main objectives of his mandate as:  agency member recruitment; practice group expansion; and a stronger focus on annual peer reviews, a practice that holds member agencies to the highest of standards in the PR industry and serves as one of Worldcom’s most competitive advantages. “I want to use my time as Chair to increase the intellectual capital and the market focus areas we offer in individual regions, ensuring that our clients have access to a pool of specialized experts and expertise throughout the Americas Region.”

In collaboration with the other board members, Pollack plans to define a strategy for supporting and bolstering the highly specialized teams in eight practice group sectors: Consumer; Crisis & Issues Management; Financial Services; Healthcare; Investor Relations; Public Affairs; Energy & Environment; Technology; and Travel & Tourism.  The groups share best practices and provide strategic and operational support to partners within their groups on client programs.

Continues Pollack, “Furthermore, with the support of the board, I feel confident that we can grow and refresh our Worldcom University offering by focusing on mentoring the next generation of PR professionals and increasing partner interaction to expand the sharing of great ideas and strategies.” 

The new board includes: Virginia Sheridan, M. Silver Associates, Chair-Elect, Meeting Liaison; Hal Dash, Cerrell Associates, Inc., Immediate Past Chair; Angelica Consiglio, Planin, Latin America/Membership; Aileen Katcher, Katcher Vaughn & Bailey, Marketing; Chris Baldwin, Liggett Stashower, Member Recruitment; Dorothy Pirovano, Public Communications, Inc., Member Retention; Barbara Fox, OEB Enterprise, Online/Interactive; Francie Israeli, John Adams Associates, Peer Review; Mike Greece, Padilla Speer Beardsley, Practice Groups; Sandy Hermanoff, Hermanoff Public Relations, Professional Development; Todd Lynch, St. John & Partners, Sponsorship/Vendor Relations; and Marie-Joseé Gagnon, CASACOM, Treasurer.

            “I truly believe that we, as an organization, have some of the best minds in the business and I feel privileged to represent the Americas Region,” says Pollack. “Under the leadership of the new board members, I am confident that our collaborative culture and passion for excellence will continue to translate into added benefits for clients.”

About the Worldcom Public Relations Group
Worldcom Public Relations Group is the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms, with some 110 offices in 91 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 The 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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Contact: Aileen Katcher