Board of Directors

The Global Alliance Executive Board of Directors sets the overall strategy for the Global Alliance and oversees execution in tandem with the GA Center in Lugano, Switzerland.

 

The Board consists of five officers (Chair, Chair-Elect, Immediate Past-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer), each of whom serves a renewable two-year term, as well as directors from around the world. All seats are filled at the Annual General Meeting. The board also has the authority to fill vacancies between AGMs, subject to ratification at the next Annual Meeting.

 

The Global Alliance Board Executive Committee 2013/2015

 

Anne Gregory, Chair, CIPR Fellow, United Kingdom

Dr. Anne Gregory is Professor of Corporate Communications, Strategy, Marketing and Economics at the University of Huddersfield. An internationally recognized researcher, Anne also heads a specialist consultancy from the Centre working for diverse public and private sector clients. At the beginning of 2011 she worked full time with the Department of Health on a project scoping the capabilities of communicators in the 'new' National Health Service. 
Originally a broadcast journalist, Anne spent 10 years as a senior practitioner before moving on to academia.  She was President of the CIPR in 2004, leading it to Chartered status and was awarded the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal in 2009 for her outstanding contribution to public relations.

 

Gregor Halff, Chair-Elect, IPRS, Singapore

Dr. Gregor Halff is Associate Professor of Corporate Communication Practice and Associate Dean at Singapore Management University (SMU) and was the founder of Asia-Pacific’s first MSc in Communication Management Programme. He is an Honorary Professor at ISM, one of Germany’s leading undergraduate business schools and was a Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Gregor was managing partner at Publicis, where he co-founded and headed their public relations agencies in Germany and where he continues to work with international clients. Before joining Publicis, Gregor worked in corporate communication at Siemens (Munich and Mumbai, among others). His books and journal publications focus on the internationalization of corporate communication.  As a consultant Gregor has worked with Siemens, the European Central Bank, Qantas, ArcelorMittal, P&G, Nestlé, Deutsche Telekom and Accor Group, among others. He holds a summa cum laude Ph.D. in communication. Gregor is Dutch, grew up in the Americas, lives in Singapore, but also calls Berlin home.

 

Daniel Tisch, Immediate Past-Chair, CPRS Fellow, Canada

Daniel Tisch is CEO of Argyle Communications, one of Canada’s largest independent public relations firms, and a Fellow of the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS). He has counseled some of the world’s most respected brands, earning more than 150 awards from CPRS and the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). Earlier, he held senior communications roles in the Canadian government, including serving as Senior Policy Advisor and Acting Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. Daniel has lectured on public relations at Queen’s University School of Business since 1996 and is a member of the university’s board of trustees. As chair, he led the Global Alliance to unprecedented growth, chaired the international Melbourne Mandate process and the 2012 World Public Relations Forum, launched the GA COMM PRIX Awards and represented the profession with the International Integrated Reporting Council.

 

José Manuel Velasco, Treasurer, DIRCOM, Spain

José Manuel Velasco Guardado has a degree in Journalism from Madrid's Complutense University and completed the Advanced Strategic Program at the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne (Switzerland). Mr. Velasco currently holds the position of General Manager of Communications and CSR and member of the Executive Committee at FCC, a global group of Environmental Services, Water and Construction. Mr. Velasco's work experience includes 20 year at the energy company Unión Fenosa and the Spanish State-owned railway company (Renfe), both as Head of Communications. Prior to joining Renfe, he worked as a journalist for print media and radio broadcasters. From June 2008 to November 2014, he was chairman of the DIRCOM, the leading professional body in the corporate communications sector in Spain. He is also member of the GA board since June 2013.


Catherine Arrow, Secretary, FPRINZ, FCIPR, New Zealand

Catherine Arrow has a 30 year history as public relations consultant, journalist and communicator spanning both the northern and southern hemispheres.  She serves in a number of capacities, including Head of Learning for PRINZ, the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand, lectures regularly at New Zealand universities, and, in her consultancy role, provides strategic public relations advice and online reputation counsel to a variety of organisations, including government, commercial and not-for-profit entities.  A CIPR Fellow, Chartered Practitioner, Accredited Practitioner and Member of PRINZ, Catherine has been guiding organisations through their digital relationships since the inception of the web and is currently serving her second term on the Global Alliance board.

   

 

Global Alliance Board Members 2013/2014
 

Adele Paulsen (PRISA, South Africa)

Alejandra Brandolini (CPRPA, Argentina)

Biagio Oppi (FERPI, Italy) 

José Manuel Velasco (Dircom, Spain) 

Julian Kenny (PRIA, Australia)

Judy VanSlyke Turk (VCU, USA)

Mateus Furlanetto (ABERJE, Brazil)

Mark Schumann (IABC, USA)

Therese Manus (NCA, Norway)

 

 

Past Chairs
 

Daniel Tisch (Canada), Past Chair 2011-2013

John Paluszek (USA), Past Chair 2009-2011

Colin Farrington (United Kingdom), Past Chair 2007-2009

Sej Motau (South Africa), Past Chair 2005-2007

Jean Valin (Canada), Past Chair 2003-2005

Toni Muzi Falconi (Italy), Past Chair 2001-2003

Deanna Pelfrey (USA), Interim Chair 2000-2001

 

 

Global Alliance Center (Lugano, Switzerland)
 

Elena Bernasconi, Executive Officer

Elisa Noli, Communication Manager