The Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) announced today the slate of new officers for one of the world’s five largest networks of independent PR and communications agencies. The appointments were announced during PRGN’s recent bi-annual Spring meeting, held virtually for the first time due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

During the online video meeting – which replaced an in-person conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA – members elected Robert Bauer, managing partner of accelent communications of Vienna, Austria as PRGN’s 29th president. Bauer will lead the worldwide network of 51 independently owned firms for the next 12 months.

Former president Aaron Blank, CEO and president of Seattle-based The Fearey Group, assumes the duties of immediate past president and chair of the Advisory Board.

“I look forward to the challenges of the year ahead. Our proven ability to collaborate and exchange knowledge globally sets our tight network of 51 PRGN owner-operated member agencies from around the globe apart – especially in this new environment,” said President Bauer. “Our strong personal relationships built over the years within the network make us more competitive and effective for clients than ever, especially as we extend and enhance these relationships by embracing new virtual forms of cooperation and communication. I am committed to prove our resilience, and I will work to preserve and grow the special spirit and values that PRGN can offer to its members and their clients on all continents.”

Other PRGN officers elected include:

  • Secretary
    Andy See Teong Leng
    Principal Partner and Managing Director
    Perspective Strategies
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Founded in 1992 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, with approximately 1,000 professionals in 53 locations, PRGN is one of the world’s largest international public relations networks.

PRGN partners are independent, local, owner-operated public relations and marketing communications firms that share expertise and resources, while providing broad-based comprehensive communications strategies to clients worldwide.

Companies or organizations interested in the services of PRGN’s local agency network can visit the Agency Directory or contact PRGN’s executive director Gábor Jelinek at gabor.jelinek@prgn.com for more information.

Independent agencies interested in joining the network can visit the member recruitment section of the PRGN website for more information or email its membership chair, David Wills, Senior Vice President of Media Profile at david.wills@mediaprofile.com

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