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IPREX, a $508 million network of public relations agencies with more than 1,100 communications professionals and over 100 global markets, welcomes its new leadership team, enhanced by additions to its global board and regional teams. 

Two new regional presidents join the global board: 

  • Ann-Marie O’Sullivan, EMEA President – Founder and Chief Executive of AM O’Sullivan PR Ltd., based in Cork, Ireland, which is a strategic, creative, and collaborative consultancy with an international reach.
  • Laura Phillips, Americas President – President of Vehr Communications, based in Cincinnati, OH, USA, a fully integrated marketing communications agency.

IPREX leverages the entrepreneurial energy, expertise, and connections of the best independent PR and communications professionals to lead the network.

Speaking about her appointment, Ann-Marie O’Sullivan said: “I am delighted to be joining the IPREX global board in the role of EMEA President.  IPREX is a key differentiator for us because it gives us that global reach, with access to partners in over 60 countries around the world.  Since joining the network in 2019, I have worked closely with, and learned from, some of the best communications professionals from across the world.  Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, the global collaboration achieved through IPREX was invaluable, for our clients and our team.  I look forward to continuing to grow the IPREX network in the EMEA region.”

By directly engaging with IPREX partners in their local territories, the regional presidents, working with the IPREX regional directors, identify opportunities to connect partners for new business opportunities, continued learning and global support.

They join the existing global board to lead IPREX, building its reputation and agency interconnections:

  • Julie Exner, Senior Vice President at Fahlgren Mortine, Columbus, OH, USA, IPREX Global President;
  • Xavier PRabhu, Founder and Managing Director of PRHUB, Bengaluru area, India, IPREX Asia Pacific President;
  • Karen Johnson, Vice President of Nyhus Communications, Seattle, WA, USA, IPREX Treasurer.

“IPREX is just coming off our Annual Global Meeting in Amsterdam – the first time the principals have been together in person since the beginning of the pandemic. A speaker commented that our group ‘looks like a family.’ At the same meeting, our annual award for most shared business went to an agency that referred a $6 million project to another partner,” said Julie Exner. “It’s the deep trust and collegiality he observed that makes that kind of business sharing possible, and I couldn’t be prouder to be at the helm leading the network for another year.” 

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About IPREX: IPREX is a $508 million network of communication agencies. IPREX has more than 1,100 communications professionals in more than 100 markets globally. Our locations are overseen by local senior leaders who take a highly active role and interest in client success.  IPREX is the tenth-largest communication group as ranked by The Holmes Report in its survey of public relations holding companies and global networks.

IPREX member agencies recognize the importance of creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and workforce. We intentionally support them by providing resources and best practices that address race, age, and gender to ensure they commit to diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) with action and intention.

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