WORLDCOM Public Relations Group Announces 2011-2012 Regional Board Members


Also Adds Agencies to its Partnership of Independent Public Relations Counseling Firms 

New YorkOct. 19, 2011WORLDCOM Public Relations Group (Worldcom) the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms, today announced its regional board slate for the remainder of 2011 and 2012. In addition, the global partnership announced the addition of two new partners to its roster of independent agencies. Established in 1988, Worldcom, comprised of 107 firms, in 91 markets, across six continents, operates through a Group Board and three regional boards located in the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and Asia Pacific (AP).  Worldcom partner agencies occupy leadership positions around the globe in major public relations professional organizations and business communities.

“We’re proud to have leaders of the top independent agencies around the world serving on the boards of each of our regions,” said Matt Kucharski, Chair of Worldcom Public Relations Group.  “Individually, they’re among the best in the field, and collectively, they are part of a global partnership that supports the communication and marketing needs of local, regional and international corporations, offering companies a global reach.”

The Americas Region has elected the following new board members:

  • Regional Chair: Dorothy Pirovano, CEO of Public Communications, Inc.
  • Chair Elect: Todd Lynch, VP, Director Public Relations of St. John & Partners
  • Marketing Chair: Lauren Peters, CEO of PetersGroup Public Relations
  • Partner Retention Chair: Lisa Simon, President of Simon Public Relations
  • Practice Groups Chair: Tim Oliver, President of Morgan & Myers

Other board members elected for the 2011-2012 term by the Americas Region include: Angelica Consiglio (Planin, São Paulo, Brazil) Latin America/Partner Recruitment; Virginia Sheridan (M. Silver Associates, New York, NY) Immediate Past Chair; Elizabeth Sosnow (BlissPR, New York, NY) Online/Interactive; Sharon Linhart (Linhart PR, Denver, CO) Meetings; Francie Israeli (John Adams Associates Inc., Washington, DC) Peer Review; Sandy Hermanoff (Hermanoff Public Relations, Farmington Hills, MI) Professional Development; Aileen Katcher (Katcher Vaughn & Bailey Public Relations, Nashville, TN) Treasurer; and Stefan Pollack (The Pollack PR Marketing Group, Los Angeles, CA) Member At Large.

The EMEA Region elected the following new board members:

  • Chair-elect: Imma Folch, General Manager of LF Channel
  • Treasurer: Crispin Manners, Director, Word of Mouth Communications of Kaizo

The AP Region has elected the following new board members:

  • Regional Chair: Cindy Payne, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Connections
  • Immediate Past Chair: Doug Wright, Chairman of WrightsPR
  • Partnership Co-Chair: Tom Van Blarcom, Managing Director of TQPR Thailand
  • Treasurer: Gina Lee, Managing Director of Communications Plus
  • Secretary: Michelle Lam, Senior Account Executive of A-World Consulting

The newest worldwide partners include:

Realidades (Lima, Peru), works together with the Peruvian government to promote social programs and other government-driven projects. The Garrity Group (Albuquerque, New Mexico), specializes in issue management, crisis communication, media relations, government relations and social media.


About Worldcom Public Relations Group

Established in 1988, Worldcom Public Relations Group is the world’s leading partnership of independently owned public relations counseling firms, with 107 partner agencies worldwide, in 91 markets, in 46 countries, across six continents. With more than 2,100 employees, and revenue of more than US $260 million, partners collectively serve national, international and multi-national clients seamlessly, while retaining the flexibility and client-service focus inherent in independent local agencies. Through Worldcom, 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 do business.



Media Contact:

Americas Region:

Lauren Peters
PetersGroup Public Relations
(512) 794-8600

Asia Pacific Region:

Cindy Payne

European/MiddleEast/Africa Region:

Imma Folch