Global Director of Communications at the Financial Times is named as PR Director of the Year

Emma Gilpin-Jacobs MCIPR, global communications director and board member at the Financial Times, has been named as the winner of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and Institute of Directors (IoD) 2013 Public Relations Director of the Year award, presented at the CIPR’s Excellence Awards at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

The CIPR IoD PR Director of the Year award is presented annually to a senior public relations professional who has shown exemplary work in managing and safeguarding the reputation of their organisation. After being put through her paces in a rigorous face-to-face interview with judges, including Fellows of the IoD and CIPR CEO, Jane Wilson MCIPR, Emma was selected as this year’s winner. 

Gilpin-Jacobs was appointed as FT Group board member in 2006 and leads an international team of 14 based in New York, Hong Kong and London. Amongst other communication initiatives, Emma was responsible for initiating and delivering the 125th anniversary celebrations for the FT in 2013, reinforcing the FT’s position as an innovative, authoritative multi-platform media brand.

The judges commended Emma’s achievements, saying  "Emma has demonstrated her ability to work in a complex global environment, facing disparate challenges across a fiercely competitive 24/7 global market. Emma's role with the board put her in a strategically strong position to tackle the enormous global challenge of turning around a high profile brand which was in decline. Her overwhelming achievements are too numerous to mention – this is truly a stunning PR success."

Emma becomes the third recipient of the CIPR IoD Director of the Year Award, succeeding previous winners Sarah Pinch MCIPR and Emma Leech FCIPR.

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About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).