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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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Lagrant CEO ‘Appalled’ By ‘PRWeek’ Power List

Last week, Steve Barrett, EIC of PRWeek, wrote a column in response to feedback he received about the lack of diversity on this year’s Power List. One of those respondents was Kim Hunter, president and CEO of Lagrant Communications. Hunter forwarded his letter to us, and we’ve posted it after the jump. You can also read our take on the list here.

 

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‘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’ Adds Two to Edit Staff

PRWeek‘s EIC Steve Barrett confirms there are two new names added to the pub’s masthead: Bernadette Casey and Danielle Drolet.

Casey joins the magazine as senior editor, a role that includes features editor duties. And Drolet is PRWeek‘s new reporter covering the corporate and multicultural beats. The publication had two holes to fill following the departures of both Erica Iacono and Kimberly Maul.

Both new hires come from License! Global magazine where they were editors.

‘PRWeek’ Seeking to Fill Vacant Reporter, Editor Positions

As we’ve reported previously, PRWeek’s corporate reporter Kimberly Maul and executive editor Erica Iacono have announced their departures from the magazine. PRNewser has obtained the internal job postings for the reporter and senior editor, available after the jump.

PRWeek tweeted the corporate reporter opening earlier today. And, as we noted in our update to the Iacono story, EIC Steve Barrett said that we would soon see ads for the editor position.

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Erica Iacono Leaving ‘PRWeek’ for Ketchum

Update: PRNewser had a brief conversation with PRWeek EIC Steve Barrett, who had no further comment besides the one submitted via e-mail by Haymarket MD Lisa Kirk. In addition, he said we’ll “soon see adverts” to fill the position. A quick scan of the Mediabistro job board didn’t turn up any postings as yet.

Exclusive: PRWeek executive editor Erica Iacono is leaving the publication and heading to Ketchum to fill the newly-created position of account supervisor, senior new business specialist. Her final day with the magazine is November 12 and she will join the firm later that month. Iacono has been with PRWeek since 2004.

For Ketchum, Iacono tells PRNewser she will work on new business and handle content creation for clients in the corporate practice.

On Friday, we reported on the departure of Kimberly Maul, PRWeek‘s corporate reporter. In June, PRNewser spoke with Julia Hood, who announced she would be leaving the publication to become president of the Arthur W. Page Society. Hood had served as editor-in-chief of the magazine from 2002 to 2008 and was publishing director of both PRWeek and DMNews when she left.

Steve Barrett joined PRWeek in March as editor-in-chief, a position that was open for nearly a year after the departure of the previous EIC, Keith O’Brien.

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PRWeek Names Steve Barrett Editor-in-Chief

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After almost a year without an editor-in-chief, PRWeek has named Steve Barrett as its new editorial leader.

Barrett previously served as editor-in-chief of fellow Haymarket Media owned publication Media Week in the UK.

“Steve presents the perfect combination of extensive editorial leadership experience, deep marketing knowledge and insight, and a keen interest in developing editorial brands across all channels,” said PRWeek publishing director Julia Hood in a statement.

We’ve heard that PRWeek executive editor Erica Iacono was also in the running for the position. PRWeek‘s previous editor-in-chief Keith O’Brien left the publication last April to join social media focused agency Attention.