AMEC has announced the composition of its new International Board for 2017 and the leaders of its International Chapters following the Elections.
Barry Leggetter, AMEC CEO, said: “It was a highly competitive voting process this year and it was interesting to see the use of Twitter to lobby for support for the first time.

Richard Bagnall
Prime Research. Chair Elect.

Barbara Bassi
Independent Member.

Johna Burke

Marcus Gault,
Kantar Media

Darja Guscic
Newton Media

Ann-Sofie Krol
By Brick Insight

Ben Levine

Elayne Phillips
UK Government

Arturo Romboli

Khali Sakkas

Daniel J. Schaible
Licence League

Aseem Sood
Impact Research & Measurement

Jeremy Thompson
EMEA & India, Cision and PR Newswire

Jerry Ward
Press Data (Full Member)

Colin Wheeler
Understanding Expertise Ltd

The results of the Ballot Voting are:
Elected to the AMEC Board for a term of two years are:

  • Ann Sofie Krol, CEO and Founding Partner, By Brick Insight – NEW Full Member representative.
  • Darja Kupinic Guscic, CO Medianet, NEWTON Media Group – NEW Full Member representative.
  • Jerry Ward; Managing Director, Press Data – RE-ELECTED as Full Member representative.
  • Marcus Gault, Managing Director Insight, Kantar Media – NEW Full Member representative.
  • Colin Wheeler, Founder, Understanding Expertise Ltd – RE-ELECTED as Individual Member representative.

Additionally, the Chair from each of AMEC’s three International Chapters will represent the Chapter on the AMEC Board as follows.
AMEC Asia Pacific Chapter Leadership

  • Khali Sakkas, Chief Executive, Insights, Isentia, Australia. RE-ELECTED Chair.
  • Aseem Sood, CEO, Impact Research, India. Vice Chair.

AMEC European Chapter Leadership

  • Barbara Bassi, Consultant with the Measurement Practice, Italy. NEW
  • Sophia Karakeva, Marketing & Communications Executive, Datascouting, Greece. Vice Chair.

AMEC North American Chapter Leadership

  • Johna Burke, CMO, BurrellsLuce. RE-ELECTED. Chair.
  • Nicole Moreo, Director Research & Insights, Peppercomm Inc. Vice Chair.

The following Directors remain on the AMEC International Board:

  • Jeremy Thompson, CEO EMEA & India, Cision and PR Newswire & Chairman, AMEC. Full Member representative.
  • Richard Bagnall, Chief Executive Officer, PRIME Research UK, AMEC Chair Elect.
  • Aseem Sood, CEO, Impact Research. Full Member representative.
  • Khali Sakkas, Executive Director, Insights, Isentia. Full Member representative.
  • Johna Burke, Executive Vice President, BurrellsLuce. Associate Member representative.
  • Daniel J. Schaible, COO, License League, Inc. Associate Member representative)
  • Elayne Phillips, Head of Profession, Communication Insight and Evaluation, Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office Communications, UK Government. Associate Member representative.
  • Ben Levine, Vice President, Research & Analytics, Ketchum. International Research Member representative.
  • Arturo Romboli, Planning Specialist, UNICEF. AMEC Non-Profit Group Board representative.

The new Directors will be ratified at the AMEC Annual Meeting in London at 14.00 UK GMT on Thursday 15th December at the Gorkana Group offices, 140 Old Street, London, EC1V 9BJ and take office in January, 2017.
Board Directors serve for a two-year term. Chapter leaders are in office for 12 months.
Jeremy Thompson, CEO EMEA & India, Cision and PR Newswire and outgoing Chairman of AMEC, said: “”The level of new candidates applying to be part of the team driving AMEC’s future is hugely encouraging and reflects the strong reputation which the organisation has established under the leadership of CEO, Barry Leggetter.
I am confident that a wave of new thinking will continue to push AMEC to further professionalise the PR industry through the continued setting of best practice, principles, frameworks, metrics and thought leadership. I wish Barry and the team well, but also thank everyone who expressed an interest in being a part of AMEC, whether they were successful this time round or not.
Richard Bagnall, CEO of Prime Research UK and AMEC Chair Elect, said: “I’m very much looking forward to my Term in Office. Already we have a plan for discussion in which the Board can work in a more effective way and which identifies personal responsibilities for each Director.