April 12, 2023
The WCFA recognized the most outstanding communications experts in the world in six categories – the world’s key geographic market regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America.
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Mudd was the only honoree named North America’s Best PR Leader of 2022. He is a trusted adviser and dynamic strategist to some of America’s most admired and fastest-growing brands, including American Airlines, Budweiser, Dave & Buster’s, H&R Block, Hilton, HP, Miller Lite, New York Life, Pizza Hut, Southern Comfort and Verizon. Jason Mudd is a professional public speaker, accredited public relations practitioner, author, and host of the On Top of PR with Jason Mudd videocast and podcast. He founded Axia PR in 2002. According to Forbes magazine, Axia is one of America’s best PR agencies.
The additional top-ranked professional honorees are Mimi Kalinda of South Africa for Africa's Best PR Leader of 2022; Illka Gobius from Singapore, Assel Kozhakova from Kazakhstan, and Mohd Said Bani C.M. Din from Malaysia for Asia-Pacific Best PR Leader of 2022. Europe’s Best PR Leaders of 2022 include Daniele Salvaggio from Italy, Matias Rodsevich from the Netherlands, and Lisa O'Sullivan from the United Kingdom. Mina Nazari from Iran and Pelin Kocaalp from Turkey earned the Middle East Best PR Leader of 2022 award. South America's Best PR Leader of 2022 winners are Roger Darashah from Brazil and Fabián Motta from Colombia.
“We are delighted to recognize the achievements of such a diverse group of PR professionals across six key world regions,” said Maxim Behar, President of WCFA. “The quality of nominations received this year was exceptional.”
An international jury of nine leading communications experts reviewed the work of top professionals. The international judges are Jury Chair Francis Ingham, Director General of PRCA and Chief Executive of ICCO; Afua Foriwaa Boafoh, Head of Media Relations at GIHOC Distilleries Company; Catalina Rousseau, Senior Partner, President and CEO of BDR Associates Communication Group; Claudia Daré, Director Partner of LatAm Intersect PR; James Wright, Global CEO of Red Havas and Global Chairman of Havas PR Global Collective; Mariam Safaryan, PR Director of SPRING PR Company; Paul J. Oyier, Senior Communications Adviser and Alternate Director to Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury & Planning; Sergii Bidenko, Co-Founder and Chair of UPRA, Board Member of ICCO and Director and Owner of Bayka.Agency; and Sherine Zaklama, CEO and Managing Director of Rada Research and Public Relations.
The Best PR Leaders are visionaries who improve the communications industry from each corner of the world. Public relations professionals who have shown outstanding performance, made a significant contribution to the industry and their organizations, and can prove their campaigns have had a measurable effect are eligible for such recognition. Cision and O'Dwyer's PR News sponsored the WCFA event.
Based in Davos, Switzerland, WCFA is a global, professional organization of communications experts, including practitioners, top CEOs and managers, universities, institutions, and students. WCFA members represent their companies, countries, regions, or organizations on a global platform and aspire to lead and develop a global communication culture. The members of this group are ambassadors for more professional communications in a better and more transparent world. Learn more at wcfaglobal.com.
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