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‘PRWeek’ Releases This Year’s Power List

PRWeek has released the 2012 version of its Power List, the magazine’s annual round up of powerful players in the PR industry. You’ll recall last year’s backlash over the lack of diversity on the list. It doesn’t look like that situation has improved dramatically this year, although one of the “diverse candidates” that EIC Steve Barrett highlighted in 2011, Jon Iwata, SVP of marketing and communications at IBM (pictured), now sits atop the list. (He replaces Leslie Dach from Walmart, who’s now at number four.)

And someone who complained about the list last year, Kim Hunter, president and CEO of Lagrant Communications, now sits on the list at number 40.

“Your refusal to acknowledge the significant contributions of African Americans in our industry is one of the primary reason so many people of color do not find our industry welcoming or a viable career option,” Hunter wrote last year.

Women do OK on the list, with 17 making an appearance.

Click here to see the list in full. A subscription is required to read the profiles in their entirety.

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IBM’s Iwata Named Arthur Page Chair

IBM’s SVP of marketing and communications Jon Iwata has been elected chairman of the Arthur Page Society, effective January 1, 2012. Iwata is a trustee for the organization, received the Society’s Hall of Fame Award in 2009, and was on the team that published the group’s 2007 white paper on business in the 21st century called “The Authentic Enterprise.”

On a daily basis, Iwata handles marcomms, branding, and citizenship at IBM, leading the company’s “Smarter Planet” strategy. And he worked with Watson when he was on Jeopardy!

Iwata succeeds FedEx’s SVP of global comms Bill Margaritis.

Elise Eberwein, US Airways EVP of people, communications, and public affairs, and Wendi Strong, EVP of corp comms at USAA.

‘PRWeek’ Catches Heat for Lack of Diversity on its Power List

PRWeek‘s editor-in-chief Steve Barrett has published a column on the publication’s website in response to “a number of comments” they’ve gotten about the lack of diversity on this year’s Power List, specifically, the lack of African Americans.

“This can either be attributed to the careless omission or oversight by PRWeek‘s selection committee or that African American power players are hiding in plain sight. Either way, the list makes it seem as if there are NO African Americans making moves in the PR industry and that is simply not true,” Sakita Holley, CEO of the firm House of Success told us in an email.

The list, which features 50 publicists this year rather than 25 like prior years, was printed in this month’s hard copy of the magazine and online. According to Barrett’s column, “In this year’s Power List, Oscar Suris, Mike Fernandez, Jon Iwata, and Selim Bingol were not chosen because of their ethnicity or the color of their skin – they were chosen because of their ability and the senior levels to which they have risen in the communications industry in their respective roles.”

Before we even get into the issues with the list, let’s start with the condescending tone of this column.

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Weber Shandwick CEO Harris Diamond Tops PRWeek Power List

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Harris Diamond, CEO of the giant Interpublic (NYSE: IPG) agency Weber-Shandwick jumps to the number one spot on PRWeek’s 2009 Power List, topping Richard Edelman, the top dog for the last two years.

The trade magazine cites the number of fingers Diamond has in IPG’s Constituency Management Group (CMG) division as the reason for the jump, as well as his dominion over other IPG divisions that help Weber intergrate including sports marketing agency Octagon and events firm Jack Morton. PRWeek also credits Diamond’s thumping on leadership and reputation as the two main qualities helping WS deal with the bad economy.

Edelman sticks around at #2, and the recently-retired Charlotte Otto from Proctor & Gamble maintains third. Leslie Dach from Walmart moves up from 6th to 4th, and Jon Iwata rounds out the top five (down from #2 from 2008).

Power players six through 25 are after the jump, with the full list of 25 here:

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