Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), a leading international network of independent public relations agencies, announced Wednesday the election of Uwe Schmidt, CEO and co-owner of Industrie-Contact (IC AG) in Hamburg, Germany as its new president.
Schmidt will lead the worldwide network of 47 independently owned firms on six continents. He succeeds David Landis of Landis Communications Inc. in San Francisco.
Other appointments include Ed Stevens, owner of Cleveland, Ohio-based Stevens Strategic Communications, Inc. who has been named president-elect.
Joe Ledlie of Atlanta-based The Ledlie Group continues as treasurer and C.L. Conroy of Miami-based The Conroy Martinez Group continues in the role of secretary.
Before joining IC AG as a trainee in 1989, Schmidt worked as a journalist for newspapers, radio stations and a news agency. After three years, he became an executive with the management team and then co-owner just four years later.
Schmidt has driven the internationalization and networking of IC AG for more than a decade, lending his talents to a variety of corporations. Food & beverage, health and medicine, public affairs, professional services, technology and transportation are among his areas of expertise.
His background includes international PR counsel, crisis management, financial communications, special events, website development, government relations / public affairs, search engine optimization (SEO), graphic design, publishing, marketing and direct mail marketing. Industrie-Contact has been a member of PRGN since 2002.
“I’m looking forward to leading PRGN. I have witnessed the good work being produced for hundreds of clients from around the world,” said Schmidt. “PRGN is dedicated to delivering the best professional services possible and I’m excited to be continually expanding our global reach to make the network as powerful and efficient as possible.”
Clients can use the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world.