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Adrian Cropley, ABC, Begins Term as 2011-2012 IABC Chair: IABC Reorganization for Content, Accreditation and Research

June 24, 2011


Adrian Cropley is director and founder of Cropley Communication, based in Australia. He has over 20 years of experience in change management, internal communication and communication leadership. He now works with a number of major organizations advising on strategic internal and change communication practices. He has served as president for IABC's chapter in Victoria, Australia as well serving the Asia Pacific Region as an IABC leader. In 2008, Cropley was named the Volunteer Chapter Leader of the Year, recognizing his service to the association at the local and international level. He also serves on the board of Australian-based IT company Evolve-IS, is trainer with Melcrum's Black Belt Internal Communication program, a member of the program advisory committee with RMIT University in Australia and is a well known thought leader and speaker for the profession.
"In the coming year, the IABC international executive board will continue to develop three important pillars of growth. The pillars that rest on, and enhance our foundation, generating our future success are content, career, and our business," said Cropley. "The board will develop our strategic direction to ensure that IABC continues to grow to support professional business communications and IABC members no matter where they are, determined to harness our growing international market."

The IABC International Executive Board

The international executive board is the governing body of IABC, and develops the strategic plan and direction for the association under the guidance of bylaws approved by the IABC membership. The board supervises, controls and directs the affairs of the association; actively pursues IABC's mission; determines its policy within the limits of the law, bylaws and articles of incorporation; upholds the IABC Code of Ethics; and supervises the disbursement of funds.
The 2011-2012 IABC International Executive Board includes:

  • Chair: Adrian Cropley, ABC
  • Vice chair: Kerby Meyers
  • Past Chair: Shelley Bird, ABC
  • Directors: Michael Ambrozewicz; Michelle Bernhart, ABC; Jeff Bishop; Barbara Fagan-Smith; Russell Grossman; Amanda Hamilton-Attwell, ABC; James Lynch, ABC; Jeffrey Ory, ABC APR; Tom Roux; Kristen Sukalac; Peter Yorke; Ryan Williams; and Jennifer Wah, ABC

IABC Reorganization

In order to strengthen the association's strategic direction and better align IABC resources with its goals, delegates approved a change to IABC Bylaws and the IABC Research Foundation Bylaws during the annual general meeting (AGM) at the IABC 2011 World Conference on 14 June 2011. The governance changes will strengthen content offerings and enhance IABC's ability to support members in their careers. The resulting framework will lead to a stronger alignment between professional development, accreditation, and research, providing a solid foundation for member's professional development.
As approved by delegates to the AGM,

  • IABC accreditation will be supported by IABC's Professional Development department with a direct relationship to the International Executive Board (IEB). The chair of the Accreditation Committee will serve on the IEB as a voting member.
  • The work of the IABC Research Foundation will be supported by IABC's publishing department with a direct relationship to the IEB.
  • The IEB will serve as the Trustees of the IABC Research Foundation. This governance structure is legally sound and can create greater visibility and support for high-value research and its applications. The chair of the Research Committee will serve on the IEB as a voting member and a Research Committee, composed of volunteers with research backgrounds, will be created to recommend a research agenda and relevant strategies and to establish links with the academic community and other research forums and individuals.

More information, frequently asked questions and changes to the IABC and the Research Foundation Bylaws can be found at

About IABC

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organizational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, IABC serves more than 14,000 members in 90 countries. For more information, visit