Overview of IABC


Publication: 2014-01-08



Name:International Association of Business Communicators


Founded in 1970, The International Association of Business Communicators provides a professional network of about 15,000 business communication professionals in over 80 countries.


  • Business CommunicatorsOur members hold positions in: * Public relations/Media relations * Corporate communications * Public affairs * Investor relations * Government relations * Marketing communication * Community relations * Writing * Editing * Training * Advertising * Photography and video production * Graphic design * Human resources * Teaching

  • IABC Executive Board(ExecBd) [Intl] Leadership as of 08-Jan-14

  • Robin McCaslandChair - Robin McCasland is recognized among employers and colleagues for her creative, strategic approaches to employee engagement and talent management communication. She owned Brain Biscuits Strategic Communication in Dallas. Robin is a past chair of the IABC Foundation, and past president of the Dallas and Fort Worth IABC chapters. She has also been honored as a Dallas Communicator of the Year. She is a graduate of the College of Communication at The University of Texas, Austin. In her spare time, Robin enjoys gardening, painting and volunteering for dog rescue organizations.

  • Russell L. GrossmanVice Chair - Russell L. Grossman, ABC is Director of Communications at the U.K. Government's Department for Business. Russell joined IABC in 2002 and has held a number of positions on the U.K. Chapter Board. He was a member of the International Excel Committee and the Program Advisory Committee for World Conference. Russell holds the CAM Diploma in Public Relations and is a Fellow of the U.K. Chartered Institute of Marketing, and of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and sits on their professional qualifications advisory committee. He is a visiting Fellow at Cass Business School, part of City University, London. Russell and his long-suffering wife reside in north London with four children and seven rabbits.

  • Kerby MeyersPast Chair - Kerby Meyers consulted IABC's strategic plan, considered the marketplace challenges and determined that IABC needs to take a comprehensive look at its business during his 12-month term as the organization's Chair. He continues to operate The Communications Refinery Inc., a Denver-based consultancy specializing in corporate messaging.

  • Terry CerisolesSecretary/Treasurer - Terry Cerisoles is vice president of technology communications worldwide for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. In this role, she leads technology-focused communications for the company's critical technical initiatives, including the build-out of the digital production facility, the rollout of TNT and CNN's high-definition networks and, most recently, CNN's worldwide transition to file-based production. Her articles on production facilities and workflow change management have appeared in broadcast industry trade magazines.

  • Michael J. AmbrozewiczDirector-at-Large - Michael J. Ambrozewicz is manager of Corporate Communications and Diversity & Inclusion at DIRECTV. He oversees global strategy and communications for the U.S. workforce, Enterprise employees, human resources programs and all benefit plan participants. Michael has led teams on numerous award-winning communications efforts, including an IABC Gold Quill. His responsibilities also include managing the company's diversity and inclusion strategy that coordinates initiatives targeted at the company's consumer and community marketplaces, inclusive workplace culture and diverse workforce. Michael served two terms as president of IABC Los Angeles, for which he was recognized with an IABC Chapter Leader of the Year honorable mention. He holds a degree in international business administration and a degree in German studies from Loyola Marymount University. A native Californian, he lives in Los Angeles and has resided in Germany and Poland.

  • Jane L. MitchellDirector-at-Large - Jane L. Mitchell is the immediate past president of the U.K. chapter of IABC, on which she had previously served as VP, 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 communications working with both public and global FTSE 100 companies. She is also a non-executive director of the leading U.K. communications agency, Karian and Box.

  • Michael AmbjornDirector-at-Large - Michael Ambjorn is founder of Alignyourorg, an organization that houses a nonprofit lab and a commercial practice. Both focusing on helping people achieve purpose-driven impact by aligning resources and efforts 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.

  • Tom D. RouxDirector-at-Large - Tom D. Roux is a professional writer, editor and consultant with 11 years of corporate experience. He joined IABC in 2001. He served on the Yankee Chapter Board of Directors culminating in the role of president in 2008-2009. Tom's efforts as Membership VP in 2006-2007 resulted in an Award of Merit for Membership Marketing at the 2007 Chapter Management Awards and an invitation for Tom to co-present at the 2008 International Leadership Institute. Tom was named a judge on the Blue Ribbon Panel for the 2009 IABC Gold Quill Awards. Additionally, Tom served on the Heritage Region Board of Directors as a Chapter Liaison and the IABC Investment Committee. Tom holds a master's degree in management and organizational communication from Emerson College, and is an avid fan of communication technologies of all types. He resides in Milton, Mass.

  • James D. LynchDirector-at-Large - James D. Lynch, ABC is Director of Employee-Centered Solutions at Intel. In this role, he leads Intel's evolution of employee support and design for its 90,000 employees worldwide. These initiatives seek to improve employee engagement and satisfaction while taking full advantage of the company's investment in HR products and services. James has received more than 20 awards in recognition of his work in communications and marketing, including two Gold Quills. James holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, a master's in divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a bachelor of arts in chemistry from Lafayette College.

  • Vita KernelDirector-at-Large - Vita Kernel, ABC has more than 20 years of experience in leading strategic communications projects in the media, corporate entities and consultancies. She is the founder of Studio Kernel and collaborates with the Science and Research Centre of the University of Primorska. Her work focuses on corporate communications, promotion of natural and cultural heritage, planning and communicating sustainable development of organizations. She was the initiator of integrated reporting in Slovenia where she lives. Vita Kernel has won multiple Gold Quill Awards. She was active in the re-establishment of the IABC Slovenia chapter where she held several senior positions including that of the president in 2007-08.

  • Sharon HunterDirector-at-Large - 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.

  • Ritzi RonquilloDirector-at-Large - Ritzi Ronquillo 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 at Enderun Colleges. A member of IABC since 1991, Ronquillo has served as the North Asia Regional director, served on the Council of Regions and on many IABC committees over the years, including those for World Conference, awards alignment and the business communication track at the World Public Relations Forum in Melbourne, Australia; and has spoken at IABC Leadership Institutes in San Diego, Hong Kong, Scottsdale and Melbourne. In chapter committees, 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.

  • Gloria S. WalkerDirector-at-Large - Gloria S. Walker, ABC is a highly experienced practitioner with international experience in delivering results based communications and public affairs programs for financial, energy, aerospace, automotive, consumer services and government organizations in the U.S., Europe and Asia. She is also a part-time lecturer at the University of West London and at the London campus of the Hult International Business School. Gloria received a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and a master's from The University of Texas, Austin and is completing her Ph.D. at the University of West London. Gloria has held several leadership positions in IABC, including chapter president, regional director for Europe/Middle East and she is a past chair of the IABC Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the advancement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce and is a volunteer member of the media and PR team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

  • Cindy SchmiegDirector-at-Large - Cindy 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 president of IABC/Minnesota and director of the Pacific Plains Region.

  • IABC World Headquarters Staff

  • Ann LazarusInterim Executive Director

  • Mari PaviaDirector, HR Administration

  • Sasha SelvinExecutive Assistant

  • Claire Watson, ABCExternal Relations Consultant

  • Pat KilduffDirector, Marketing and Sales

  • Marie CoppolaDirector of Corporate Membership Services

  • Frank NetherwoodSales and Sponsorship Manager

  • Savanna CheerChapter Relations Manager

  • Gary HillMembership Development Specialist

  • Aaron HeinrichDirector of Communications

  • Maria HuntWeb Content Manager/Editor

  • Trace RonningCommunications Associate

  • Charles HerrickEvents & Conferences Manager

  • Tammi LightleEvents and Registration Coordinator

  • Mary Ann BoyleCareer Programs Manager

  • Nilou DerakhshanCareer Programs Specialist

  • Natasha NicholsonContent Leader

  • Jessica Burnette-LemonSenior Editor

  • Amanda Aiello BeckManaging Editor

  • Caroline CornellAssistant Editor

  • Alisa DamasoEditorial Assistant

  • Mari PaviaDirector, IABC FOUNDATION

  • Carlos RuizDirector of Accounting

  • Godfrey MelchorStaff Accountant

  • Rosalinda VenegasStaff Accountant

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