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Roll Call: Another Porter Novelli departure; A Council of PR Firms replacement; and More

Porter Novelli‘s global president and CFO Anthony Viceroy is leaving the company, joining CEO Gary Stockman and CMO Michael Goldberg, who have also recently stepped down from their positions. Ad Age reports that Viceroy will be heading to a health care company. “Porter Novelli’s future is less clear,” the magazine says.

Speaking of Gary Stockman, Dave Senay, president and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard, will be replacing him as chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms starting December 1. According to the Council’s president Kathy Cripps, the organization’s leaders have to be working for a member firm. Senay is already on the Council’s board and is the chair of the Critical Issues Forum.

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F-H Welcomes Newest Advisory Board Member With a Fifth Ave. Cocktail Party

Last night, Fleishman-Hillard welcomed former New York Times Company CEO Janet Robinson to its International Advisory Board with a cocktail party at Andaz, a hotel across from the New York Public Library. Besides a few quick speeches from CEO Dave Senay, Americas president Jack Modzelewski (surprisingly easy to pronounce!), and Robinson herself, the evening was mostly taken up with mingling and noshing.

A quick mention about this event space: It’s a couple of open rooms with cooks working at stoves placed right in the middle of one of them. Because of the layout (a wine bar was in one room and cocktails were in the other) people moved about freely to check out the happenings in the different corners. Mediabistro’s event coordinator came with and gave it the thumbs up.

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Deadlines, Tips for Winning the Cannes Lions

The Cannes Lions is open for entries and the deadline for submissions in the PR category is March 9. There are also new categories that PR agencies might be interested in trying out for. PR winners will be announced Monday, June 18. The festival will take place June 17 through the 23.

Hopefully PR entrants will fare a little better this year. In 2011, there was some static over the selection of an ad agency as the PR category winner. At the time, Porter Novelli‘s Israel Mirsky told us the the PR industry was still learning how to pull together a winning submission. Last year’s PR Lions Jury president and Fleishman-Hillard CEO Dave Senay is here to help with the video above outlining what it takes to win. Take notes folks.

Council of PR Firms Announces the 2012 Board

Speaking of the Council of PR Firms, they’ve announced the 2012 board of directors for the organization. Weber Shandwick president Andy Polansky will serve another year as the chairman of the Council. Also re-elected are Porter Novelli’s Gary Stockman as chair-elect, Airfoil’s Janet Tyler as treasurer, and Laura Tomasetti from 360 Public Relations as secretary.

A number of CEOs and principals will also be joining them as directors: Christine Barney, rbb Public Relations; Amy Binder, RF Binder; Dave Senay, Fleishman-Hillard; Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Waggener Edstrom Worldwide; Sharon Linhart, Linhart Public Relations; Elise Mitchell, Mitchell Communications; Jennifer Prose, CJP Communications; Donna Imperato, Cohn & Wolfe; and Margery Kraus , APCO Worldwide.

Congrats to everyone!

F-H’s Senay: PR Ignores Cannes at its Own Peril

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for 2011 is over but the discussion continues. PR had a less-than-stellar showing this year, its third in the competition, with only six of 39 lions going to PR firms, Renee WilsonMSLGroup‘s northeast regional president, says in today’s Council of PR Firms blog post.  She offers some tips on how PR firms can get their entries noticed.

But over on the Olson PR (formerly Dig Communications) blog The Think Room, there’s the question of whether PR firms should even enter at all. While admitting that the firm enjoys touting a win and pinpointing some of the not-so-great lengths that ad agencies will go to for this and other competitions, the post asks, “Am I alone in failing to see a lack of interest in an award show as a negative?”

The post continues, “But I fail to see how not winning a three-year-old award which PR firms show little interest in pursuing should matter at all to those same PR firms that, for the most part, choose not to enter.”

“Cannes is unquestionably the strongest global brand in the area of communications arts,” Dave Senay, president and CEO of Fleishman-Hillard and PR Jury president, told us today in a phone conversation. “There’s nothing that even approaches it. And when Cannes extends its reach into your industry, you ignore it at your peril.”

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Ad Agency Wins Cannes Lions PR Prize

Clemenger BBDO Melbourne won the Grand Prix for PR award at this year’s Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, taking place through Saturday. This is the second time the Cannes Lions has awarded an ad agency with the PR award.

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MSLGroup’s Chat Site Lets You Pretend You’re at Cannes

So you can’t go to France for the Cannes Lions (it starts on Sunday). But you can still pretend to be there with MSLGroup‘s new chat site www.cannescentrale.com. Writer Tim Seidell and other reporters will be posting to the site, and it will curated by the public.

Fleishman-Hillard‘s Dave Senay, who is serving as Jury President, gives a sneak preview of the Cannes Lions here. MSLGroup’s Renee Wilson is also serving on the jury.

Separately, if you will be in one of the 12 cities hosting the next Social Media Week and would like to make a presentation, the submission process is now open. In addition to the cities listed here, Social Media Week will be happening in Chicago and Milan.

Cannes PR Lions Jury Announced

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has announced the full jury that will be passing judgment on this year’s entrants for the PR Lions awards.

The organization had previously announced that Fleishman-Hillard president and CEO Dave Senay will lead the panel. Among those on the panel are Christopher Graves, global CEO of Ogilvy PR Worldwide and Renee Wilson, president of MSLGroup‘s northeast region. The full list of jury members is available after the jump. More info about the Cannes Lions available here. Submissions will be accepted through this Friday.

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Cannes Lions Introduces Holding Company Award

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity will be awarding the Holding Company of the Year prize for the first time this year. The award will be calculated from across a number of categories including PR, cyber, and outdoor. An agency owned 20 percent or more by a holding company will contribute points to the tally.

The awards will take place June 19 through 25. Fleishman-Hillard CEO Dave Senay is leading this year’s PR Lions jury. In the video above, Tom Beckman from the Cannes PR award-winning firm Prime PR talks about the event. More info about the event available here.

Ketchum’s Kotcher and F-H’s Senay Talk Business

Following Omnicom’s earnings announcement yesterday, we spoke with Ketchum CEO Ray Kotcher about Q4 2010 and the year to come.

Kotcher called Q4 “the strongest quarter of the year.” The quarter and year was a good one for organic growth, with the firm winning 65 percent of the opportunities it was presented with. Among the new clients are Sony Playstation and Johnson Controls, and the firm grew its business with Pfizer, Kotcher told us. On top of that, there were acquisitions in China and Russia.

Kotcher broke down a list for us of what to watch for 2011. Plus, after the jump, commentary from Fleishman-Hillard CEO Dave Senay.

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