2010 PR People Awards: PR Professional of the Year – Agency

Winner: Michael Kempner

President & CEO, MWW Group

Those who’ve worked with Michael Kempner will not be surprised to know he’s led MWW to year-over-year consecutive growth annually. He possesses a wide range of expertise comprising crisis management, investor relations, public affairs, business-to-business and corporate social responsibility, which he employs handily for accounts that include Nikon, Samsung and Deloitte. He expanded MWW’s digital media practice so that nearly all of the group’s campaigns now incorporate a digital element, and he’s been bolstering the effort with his own postings on Facebook and Twitter.

Also in 2009, Kempner released MWW’s inaugural Corporate Citizenship Report, and he has continued his efforts leading the firm in environmental responsibility as part of the MWW Group Green initiative. —CO

Honorable Mentions:

Sandra  Fathi, President and Founder, Affect Strategies

Sandra Fathi spearheaded a successful campaign for Regus that saw a 114% growth in revenue.

Ed James, President, Cornerstone

For the Levi Pioneer Sessions campaign championing musicians who captured the spirit of the brand, Ed James scored an exclusive launch feature in Billboard.

Starr Million Baker, President and Co-Founder, INK PR

Starr Million Baker recently scored big for client Bluetooth SIG by leaking news about its new technology to key influencers rather than following a traditional pitch path.

Elizabeth Zaborowska, Founder and Principal, Bhava Communications

Elizabeth Zaborowska launched Bhava in recession-plagued 2009, and has booked over $2 million in revenue since its inception.