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Corporate Communication Leaders Gather in Chicago for Summit on Corporate Reputation

Experts from FedEx, GE, Cisco and The Wall Street Journal Headline First Annual Forum

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 7 March 2006 – The 2006 Corporate Reputation Summit, “Harnessing the Power of Your Greatest Asset Through Communication and Measurement,?? presented by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) and Delahaye, a provider of corporate communication research and evaluation services, will be held April 27-28 in Chicago.

Recent years of corporate misdeeds, scandals and the resulting financial upheaval have undermined consumer confidence and placed corporate reputation high on the CEO’s agenda. Communication and PR professionals are increasingly tasked with measuring and improving this seemingly intangible asset.

The Corporate Reputation Summit, sponsored by ROI Communications, offers senior-level communication professionals, a forum to discuss and learn about the best practices, trends and issues affecting corporate reputation today. In addition, Delahaye will present results from its 2005 and 2006 Index, which assesses the media’s impact on the corporate reputation of the 100 largest U.S.-based companies.

“Reputation has been repeatedly linked to multiple measures of value including better access to capital, higher market-to-book ratios, premium pricing, and attracting and retaining the best employees,?? stated Delahaye President Mark Weiner. “Given the positive affect of a good reputation, it is only logical that CEOs recognize the devastating effects associated with a bad reputation; effects that should be avoided at all costs. In response, communication and measurement have become instrumental in helping to assess and positively shape corporate reputation.??

Highlights of the conference include sessions led by:

Thursday, 27 April

  • Paul Argenti, Professor of Corporate Communication, The Tuck School, Dartmouth
  • Gary Sheffer, Executive Director of Communications and Public Affairs, GE Leslie Gaines-Ross Ph.D., Chief Knowledge and Research Officer, Burson-Marsteller
  • Kim Walsh, Vice President of Communications, PG&E
  • Cheryl Fields-Tyler, Senior Vice President, ROI Communications
  • MaryAnn McLaughlin, Director of Human Resources, Cisco

Friday, 28 April

  • Erik Jackson, Vice President Worldwide Corporate Communications, FedEx
  • Jim Lukaszewski, ABC, APR, PRSA Fellow, Chairman, The Lukaszewski Group
  • K.C. Brown, Senior Vice President, Delahaye
  • Ronald Alsop, Editor, Senior Writer at The Wall Street Journal, and well-known author of The 18 Immutable Laws of Corporate Reputation: Creating, Protecting and Repairing Your Most Valuable Asset

“Corporate reputation is critical for companies, not only in good times, but also as a safeguard during crisis situations,?? said Julie Freeman, ABC, APR, president of IABC. “This conference will offer practitioners insights on how they can add value to their businesses by building, transforming and strengthening their organization’s reputation.??

About the conference:

The conference will take place at the Chicago Allerton Crowne Plaza Hotel. The conference program and registration are online at: http://www.iabc.com/crs.

Conference fees include a wine & cheese reception on 27 April , continental breakfast sessions, two luncheons featuring leading communication experts and prestigious speakers, and interactive seminars with peers.

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 13,000 members in 67 countries, 100 chapters and 10,000 organizations.

About Delahaye:

Delahaye (www.delahaye.com), a division of Bacon’s Information Inc., is an international, award-winning research and analysis firm that specializes in helping clients understand and actively manage their public relations and communications programs. Through Delahaye, clients gain the market intelligence they need to improve communications effectiveness and return-on-investment. The company has domestic offices in Norwalk, Conn., Portsmouth, N.H., and Washington, D.C., with international headquarters in London and partners around the globe.

About Bacon’s Information Inc.:

Bacon’s (www.bacons.com), a subsidiary of Observer AB, helps marketing and PR professionals maximize results in media relations. Bacon’s provides integrated service solutions designed to give clients the ability to target their messages efficiently, customize distribution of information, monitor media coverage and evaluate campaigns to determine if PR objectives have been met.

About Observer AB:

Observer AB (listed on the O-list (Attract 40) of Stockholmsborsen, Sweden) is a global industry leader in business and communication intelligence. The firm provides media and market monitoring, analysis and communication evaluation, as well as target group identification and distribution of information of PR and IR purposes. Observer AB has annual earnings of nearly SEK 1.6 billion, and has 2,700 employees in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, Canada, Germany, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

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