2013 PR News Hall of Fame: Gary Sheffer


pic_gshefferGary Sheffer, VP, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs, General Electric

Gary Sheffer, who has been at GE for 14 years, has been one or PR's most influential proponents of corporate transparency—before and after the 2008 financial collapse. Earlier this year, the Arthur W. Page Society elected Mr. Sheffer chairman of the organization, no doubt in recognition of his efforts behind "GE Works," the CSR- and transparency-focused brand theme he developed for GE after the 2008 downturn.

Mr. Sheffer said when accepting the chairman role at Page, "We live in a challenging era of heightened expectations and radical transparency." He will be sharing lessons from his success at GE with other chief communications officer seeking to build public trust for their organizations.

At GE he oversees external and internal communications  and provides strategic communications advice to GE executives on a full range of corporate reputation issues. In the public affairs role, Mr. Sheffer works with stakeholders to foster understanding of GE.

Mr. Sheffer joined GE in 1999 after 17 years in journalism and government communications. For 10 years, he served as a press aide to two New York governors, and helped direct communications strategies for several statewide political campaigns.


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Steve Goldstein is editorial director for Access Intelligence’s PR News brand, which encompasses premium, how-to content, data and competitive intelligence for public relations professionals; PR News Online; PR News conferences, webinars and awards programs; and PR News guidebooks. Previously at AI Steve was editorial director of min, min ’s b2b and minonline as well as managing editor of CableFAX: The Magazine and CableWorld. Before joining Access Intelligence, he was executive editor of World Screen News, and editor of Film/Tape World, which covered film, television and commercial production in the San Francisco Bay Area.



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