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The International Association of Business Communicators Announces 2013-2014 International Executive Board Officers


The International Association of Business Communicators Announces 2013-2014 International Executive Board Officers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/26/13 -- The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) has announced the names of the incoming 2013-2014 international executive board (IEB). The new members of the IEB were approved by current board members and the selection was ratified by delegates of IABC's chapters and regions during the Annual General Meeting held during the IABC World Conference in New York.

The international executive board is derived of IABC members from all over the world and serves as the governing body of IABC, representing the interests of IABC's membership-at-large. A new board and chair are chosen each year. Robin McCasland is the incoming chair of the IEB, taking over from Kerby Meyers.

"IABC has been my professional home and its members my extended family for more than 20 years. I've gained so much from my IABC affiliation over the past two decades, and it's been a privilege to serve in a variety of local, regional and international volunteer leadership roles during that time. IABC has been challenged over the past few months, but it is strong, resilient and poised to accomplish great things in the coming years. I am humbled to have been granted the opportunity to help change the trajectory of IABC," said McCasland. "I'm looking forward to this board term and the opportunity to give back to the association that means so much to me."

The international executive board develops the strategic plan and direction for the association under the guidance of bylaws agreed upon by IABC membership. They meet regularly throughout the year to address new initiatives, determine and set policy, and review and approve financial and spending decisions.

"It has been my pleasure to have served with this year's board, which has accomplished so much during this transitional year," said Kerby Meyers, outgoing chair of IABC's international executive board. "IABC is instrumental to the future of communications, and it has been an honor to serve the membership as we navigate the challenges that face our profession. I am confident that Robin has what it takes to continue to move the organization in the right direction."

The new roster of officers put forth by the executive board represents a unique cross-section of the IABC global membership, and includes:

Robin McCasland - Chair Robin McCasland is an accomplished communication professional specializing in human resources (HR) communication. She is currently the employee engagement and internal communication leader at Dell Inc. Prior to joining Dell Inc., McCasland owned Brain Biscuits Strategic Communication in Dallas, Texas. McCasland has spent nearly 15 years in various communication, marketing and public relations roles with Texas Instruments Incorporated and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad.

In 2012, McCasland served as vice chair of IABC. She is a past chair of the IABC Research Foundation. McCasland also served on the boards of the IABC Southern Region and the former IABC District 5. She has been president of the Dallas and Fort Worth IABC chapters, and was honored as IABC/ Dallas's Communicator of the Year in 2000. She has received an IABC Gold Quill Award, a Silver Quill Award and several Bronze Quill Awards over the past two decades. She has also received the communicator awards for distinction in HR communication programs. McCasland is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.

Russell Grossman, ABC - Vice Chair A communication professional with more than 30 years of experience, Russell Grossman, ABC, has been a member of IABC since 2002. He has served as an IABC/U.K. board member and as a member of the EXCEL committee, twice served as chair of the World Conference committee and has been a member of IABC's international executive board for the last two years.

Currently the director of communication at the U.K.'s Department of Business, Grossman is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. He is a graduate of the University of Manchester, England, a visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, London, and founding member of EngageForSuccess.org.

Jane Mitchell - Research Committee Chair Jane Mitchell is the immediate past president of the U.K. chapter of IABC on which she had previously served as vice president of professional development. Through her own company, JL&M, she works with clients to connect the dots between the rhetoric and reality of embedding ethics, values and behaviors in their organizations.

Having started her career at the BBC in London, she has moved from award-winning filmmaking to strategic communication working with both public and global FTSE 100 companies. She is also a non-executive director of leading U.K. communication agency, Karian and Box.

Michael Ambjorn - Board Director Michael Ambjorn is founder of Alignyourorg, an organization which houses a nonprofit lab and a commercial practice, both focusing on helping people achieve purpose-driven impact by aligning resource and effort through bringing clarity and consensus to projects.

Ambjorn has served as past chair of IABC Europe & Middle East, worked in various communication roles at companies, including IBM and Motorola, across four continents. Currently residing in London, he headed up the Fellowship, a 27,000 strong group of social entrepreneurs, influencers and senior decision makers, at the 259 year old Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (RSA), where he remains an active Fellow. Ambjorn is a graduate of Frederikssund Gymnasium.

Ritzi Ronquillo - Board Director Ritzi Ronquillo has more than 30 years of extensive communication and public relations experience. She spent a majority of her career as editor and head of publications, communication, advertising, special events and general public programs at the Manila Electric Company, Meralco. She also served on the board of professional organizations and as a community leader. Ronquillo now shares her exceptional knowledge as a communication consultant and speaker, training consultant at Mapua Institute of Technology Center, senior professional lecturer at De La Salle University, consultant adjunct faculty and communication consultant at Enderun Colleges.

A member of IABC since 1991, Ronquillo has served as the North Asia Regional director, and on several committees, including World Conference, Council of Regions, and awards alignment. She has led the Philippine Quill Awards and the Philippine CEO EXCEL Awards. The recipient of Quill Awards, citations and other communication and leadership awards, Ronquillo is president of IABC/ Philippines as it celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. Ronquillo is a broadcast communications graduate of the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Cynthia Schmieg, ABC - Board Director Cynthia Schmieg, ABC, is a senior communication professional with experience in multiple industries and communication functions. She is currently an adjunct business management / communication instructor at Brown College. Schmieg has served as IABC/ Minnesota president and director of the Pacific Plains Region.

In addition to joining the international executive board, Schmieg is also currently serving as chair of the IABC awards alignment committee and co-chair of the IABC Gold Quill Awards' USA Blue Ribbon Panel, the evaluation committee for Gold Quill Award entries. Schmieg received her undergraduate degree from St. Cloud State University and a master's of business communications degree from the University of St. Thomas.

Sharon Hunter - Board Director Sharon Hunter is a marketing communication consultant with more than 20 years of experience serving an international clientele with a focus on B2B services and training. She currently manages internal communication and brand alignment across student services at Concordia University, Montreal. A career volunteer and committed mentor, she leveraged her IABC leadership role to foster community partnerships to deliver communication skills training to students in two languages.

Hunter served as director of the award-winning IABC/Montreal chapter in 2010, and then president for two years (2011-13) during which time she was named Chapter Leader of the Year. Hunter holds a bachelor's degree in specialization in communications from Concordia University.

Terry Cerisoles - Secretary/Treasurer Terry Cerisoles is vice president of technology communication for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. worldwide. In her current role since 2000, Cerisoles has led technology-focused communication for the company's critical technical initiatives, such as the build-out of Turner Studio's digital production facility, the real-time migration of 19 entertainment networks across their midtown Atlanta campus, the rollout of TNT and CNN's high-definition networks and, most recently, CNN's worldwide transition to file-based production.

An active member of IABC's Atlanta chapter, Cerisoles has served as vice president of marketing, vice president of membership, director-at-large of IABC's executive board and trustee of the IABC Research Foundation -- all within the past two years. Cerisoles received her bachelor of fine arts from the University of Vanderbilt and the University of Memphis.

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 70 countries. For more information, visit iabc.com.

CONTACT: Aaron Heinrich Director of Communications IABC 415.544.4752 aheinrich@iabc.com

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