The Ledlie Group’s Network Elects a Brazilian as President

The Ledlie Group’s Network Elects a Brazilian as President

The Ledlie Group’s Network Elects a Brazilian as President

José Luiz Schiavoni of Sao Paulo Heads 41-Office Consortium on Six Continents

ATLANTA, May 27, 2009 –The Ledlie Group today announced that José Luiz Schiavoni, chief executive of the São Paulo-based S2 Comunicação Integrada, has assumed leadership of the $100 million Public Relations Global Network (PRGN).

At the São Paulo meeting, PRGN also elected to the governing cabinet Patricia Perez of VPE Public Relations, Los Angeles, as president-elect, Derek Jones of Currie Communications, Melbourne, as secretary and Joseph M. A. Ledlie of The Ledlie Group, Atlanta, as treasurer.

PRGN announced its new officers following its semi-annual meeting in Sao Paulo earlier this month.

The Ledlie Group operates within the network as one of 41 independently owned public relations agencies on six continents.

“Public relations services have evolved to occupy a highly strategic role in this connected world of ours,” said Mr. Schiavoni. “PRGN shares not only clients and best practices – we collaborate to define trends in the PR industry.”

Mr. Schiavoni previously served as vice president of the network. He succeeds Frank Cullen of Dublin-based Cullen Communications. Mr. Schiavoni is the first PRGN president from South America and the first from outside Europe and the United States.

“Among my priorities as the new president will be to bring together our members’ experience to win international PR projects and bids and grow PRGN’s presence in other markets such as Eastern Europe and Asia,” said Schiavoni.

Schiavoni started his career in 1982 and worked in many publishing houses, including the daily newspaper, Folha de S.Paulo, and International Data Group. In 1989, Schiavoni and Ronaldo de Souza founded S2 Comunicação Integrada. Specializing in crisis management projects and executive training programs, Schiavoni is one of the founders of Public Relations Agencies Association in Brazil (Abracom) and served as the group’s president from 2004 to 2008.

S2 Comunicação Integrada, founded in 1989 and headquartered in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is among the top 10 agencies in the country. With a team of 60 professionals, S2 provides services in media and public relations, digital communications, training, event organization and crisis management, among others. S2 boasts more than 41 clients, including international companies such as Microsoft, Coca Cola FEMSA, Canon, General Mills, Puig, Korn/Ferry and HTC. S2 Comunicação Integrada has been a member of Public Relations Global Network since 2005.

About The Ledlie Group
Family-owned and operated since 1998, The Ledlie Group leadership has more than 100 years experience in corporate communications. As Atlanta’s leading communications-based corporate consultancy, The Ledlie Group helps leading business executives make decisions, capture market position, improve workplace relations, prepare for and manage crises, strengthen community relations, and develop media strategy. Last year, almost three dozen clients came to us for the first time to secure fresh insight and intelligence about key business issues. For management of vital communications issues, leaders call The Ledlie Group. Visit The Ledlie Group online at: www.theledliegroup.com.

Public Relations Global Network:
Connected Thinking. Globally.
More than 1,000 clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in more than 80 markets around the world. With revenues of more than $100 million (U.S.D.), PRGN is among the world’s top five public relations networks. PRGN harnesses the resources of 41 independent public relations firms, 50 offices and more than 800 communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at: www.prgn.com

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