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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Fernandez’

‘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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PRWeek Award Winners Announced

PRWeek held its annual awards gala in New York last night. Among the winners: Ketchum West and Mattel/Barbie for Campaign of the Year; Zeno Group for Agency of the Year; and Euro RSCG Worldwide PR‘s Marian Salzman for PR Professional of the Year.

In its Agency of the Year write-up, PRWeek says Zeno Group had 16 percent revenue growth for the year ending September 30, 2010, clients including Tropicana and Sears, programs to show appreciation for its staff, and a dozen new hires, including CEO Barby Siegel from Edelman.

There were 80 judges for this year’s awards. Cargill corporate VP of corporate affairs Mike Fernandez served as the chair. Congrats to all the winners! Complete list here.