Saunders takes top PR position
Irishman John Saunders has been named as the new chief executive of communications giant FleishmanHillard. Mr Saunders (57) succeeds Dave Senay as FleishmanHillard's president and chief executive.
The Dublin native, inset, was most recently president for FleishmanHillard's Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. He will reside in St Louis, Missouri, where the agency is headquartered.
The appointment was announced by Dale Adams, who leads the DAS Group of Companies, a division of FleishmanHillard's parent company, Omnicom Group.
"I am honoured and humbled by this new responsibility and the faith shown in me by FleishmanHillard and Omnicom," Mr Saunders said. "We will continue to be driven by a spirit of innovation and client service, and provide employees with the best career experience of their lives." He added: "I have great admiration for Dave Senay and everything he has accomplished, and I am grateful for his ongoing support."
Mr Saunders recently celebrated his 25th anniversary with FleishmanHillard. In 1990, he and FleishmanHillard founded FleishmanHillard Saunders in Dublin. In 2004 he was appointed regional director for Europe, and in 2011 he was elevated to the role of regional president for EMEA.
Prior to his PR career, he was a staff journalist with RTE. He is a former president of ICCO, the global consortium of national public relations associations, and is a member of its Hall of Fame.