Rob Flaherty, Senior Partner, CEO & President of Ketchum confirmed as speaker for 2014 CIPRI Maggie Nally lecture

Rob Flaherty, Senior Partner, CEO and President of Ketchum, is to speak at this year’s prestigious Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture in the Palace of Westminster on 27 February 2014.

Ketchum is one of the largest and most geographically diverse PR agencies in the world, and the leading public relations agency in Europe.

The Maggie Nally Memorial Lecture has become an important fixture on the annual communications calendar, attracting leading personalities from the in-house and agency world. 

Flaherty will deliver an address specifically prepared for the occasion titled, “The End of Illusion.” His address will tap his extensive global experience and offer perspective on how social technologies are accelerating the shift in power from institutions to individuals, everywhere from Beijing to Cairo and Cape Town to London. It will offer advice to companies looking to seize opportunities created by the leapfrog effect enabled by social platforms. 

Flaherty has counselled some of the world’s largest companies and brands. He is an active leader of Ketchum’s long-standing relationship with the World Economic Forum, which the agency supports on a pro bono basis across a number of their global initiatives throughout the year. He also serves is a frequent facilitator for its annual summit in Davos, Switzerland and serves on the board of the Institute for Public Relations.

This highly respected annual event, organised by CIPR International, is held in memory of Maggie Nally, the CIPR's first female president and a leading public relations figure of her time. She co-founded CIPR's Greater London Group, served on the CIPR International committee and was awarded the Sir Stephen Tallents Medal in 1987.

The lecture, which is free to attend, will be held in the House of Commons and is followed by a buffet supper in the historic Cholmondeley Room and Terrace in the House of Lords.

Bookings for the event can made via Eventbrite.

Rob Flaherty, Senior Partner, CEO and President of Ketchum
As a counselor I have always felt a responsibility to be a sensor of social change and help my clients see around corners. I’m delighted to be speaking at this prestigious event and hope my observations add to CIPR members’ thinking about the implications of the sudden ubiquity of social technologies around the world.
Rob Flaherty, Senior Partner, CEO and President of Ketchum
Eva Maclaine FCIPR
International public relations has never been more broad-ranging and exciting than now. We look forward to Rob Flaherty’s breadth of thought and immense global experience, challenging established thinking in this area.
Eva Maclaine 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).