PRGN: The World’s Local
Public Relations Agency

We are a connected network of more than 50 hand-selected public relations firms servicing key markets around the world. As leaders in our respective regions, PRGN agencies offer the “boots-on-the-ground” savvy of a local Public Relations agency, yet on a global scale. Our model allows us to deliver a unique level of flexibility – scaling up or down across multiple markets to meet your business needs. Each PR agency knows its local community and it knows how to help clients connect with their audiences in those regions.

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Natacha Clarac


The 33rd President of PRGN, Natacha Clarac is general director of Brussels-based public affairs consultancy Athenora Consulting, which counsels leading European companies on impacts of new policies developed by European Union institutions. Athenora Consulting works with companies in the fields of banking, insurance and financial services, energy and utilities, tech and digital, healthcare, transport, environment and trade. A French native, Natacha builds strategies that help clients participate in the EU decision-making process.

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Andy See Teong Leng

Immediate Past-President

Andy See Teong Leng is founder, principal partner and managing director of Perspective Strategies in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, a strategic communications consulting firm. Andy previously served as Secretary of PRGN as well as its Regional Vice President for the Asia-Pacific region. Andy was also the President of the Public Relations and Communications Association of Malaysia (PRCA Malaysia) for four years between 2018 and 2022.

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David Wills


As Senior Vice President of Media Profile in Toronto, Canada, David understands the importance of strong narrative, clear messaging and compelling delivery. He draws on his natural storytelling abilities to help his clients find their voice and weave their messages together in a powerful way. After 20 years at Media Profile, David has become much more than just a storyteller; he’s now a trusted ally and respected advisor to his corporate and government clients. He has media trained CEOs and senior government bureaucrats, leaders of movements and causes, as well as high profile and aspiring politicians.


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Christina Rytter

Regional Vice President

Christina Rytter is managing Director and Founder of Scandinavian Communications, an award-winning agency that helps companies understand and communicate in Scandinavian markets. Christina’s experience as an advisor spans from strategic communications, through online marketing, social media, crisis communications and media relations to communications training of C-level leaders. She served as PRGN President in 2017-2018.

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Sean Dowdall

Regional Vice President

President of Landis Communications Inc. (LCI) in San Francisco, California, Sean Dowdall is a 28-year financial services marketing, sales, and public relations executive specializing in the innovation, creation, and successful delivery to market of strategic initiatives, ongoing capabilities, and fully integrated campaigns. Sean has served as President of the Board of ODC San Francisco for 5 years and served as PRGN’s Treasurer between 2016 and 2019.

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Joanne Chan

Regional Vice President

Joanne Chan is Founder and Managing Director of LBS Communications Consulting Limited, a financial communications firm with teams based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. Founded in 2012, LBS Communications recently established its Sustainability Investor Relations as a business arm to promote the ESG value for public companies and address investors’ concerns on ESG risks of public companies.

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Brad Kostka


Brad Kostka is President of Rococo in Cleveland, Ohio. He leads agency management and business development at Roopco. For more than two decades, he has provided strategic communication counsel to organizations ranging from global publicly traded corporations to local startups. His expertise includes brand strategy, integrated communications, investor relations, digital marketing and corporate event planning. Brad is past president of the Cleveland chapters of the Public Relations Society of America and International Association of Business Communicators. He also serves on the boards of local non-profits.

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Frédéric François


Frédéric François is Founder and Managing Partner of Two cents in Brussels, Belgium. Frédéric had his first job as a PR-assistant of Belgian Prime Minister Wilfried Martens. The PM got fired, Fred also. After this inspiring period he discovered the world of trade fairs at Brussels Expo for nearly 10 years, focusing on sales and PR. In 2001 he created Advanced Fair to be in touch with various sectors and people, serving them with PR services and logistic support at trade fairs. “Advanced Fair’s PR department developed so well that we decided to brand it separately. This is how Two cents was born,” says Fred.

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Owen Cullen

Business Development Committee Chair

Owen Cullen is Managing Director of Cullen Communications in Dublin, Ireland. Owen has been running family-business Cullen Communications since 2013 when he took the helm from his father, Founder Frank Cullen. Prior to that he spent six years with Newspaper Licensing Ireland and represented NLI as a founding member of the Press Database & Licensing Network of which he was elected to the executive board in 2011. Most recently, he served for two years as Chair of the Public Relations Consultants Association of Ireland, representing the interests of top PR consultancies.

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Wendy Spivak

Conference Committee Chair

Wendy Spivak is Principal and Co-founder of The Castle Group in Boston, Massachusetts. "I can’t help myself—every time I go to an event, I find myself thinking about what I would change. How could I make it flow better, what technology would work better, how might the speaker be more impactful, how else could I convey the message? I bring that same critical eye to Castle’s events team…well before an event begins." With decades of experience, Wendy manages teams to deliver the same level of quality and service. Wendy also manages Castle’s operations, making sure that financial, HR and technology needs are well met. "I’m passionate about the boards I serve on and the organizations we support," she says.

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Nick Leighton

Knowledge Committee Chair

Nick Leighton is Owner and CEO of NettResults Middle East, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Besides running NettResults, Nick is the author of best-selling book, Exactly Where You Want to Be: A business owners guide to passion, profit and happiness, and an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University in California, where he lectures to graduate and post-graduate classes in strategic communication.

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Bill Southard

Marketing Committee Chair

Bill Southard is Founder and CEO of Southard Communications in New York. Bill launched Southard Communications in 1994 and has since experienced consistent and considerable growth and today represents a broad range of clients across a myriad of industries. In his day-to-day role at the agency, Bill drives the creative process, provides ongoing strategic counsel and manages all crisis communications on behalf of agency clients. With more than 35 years of communications experience, Bill has counseled some of the country's leading Fortune 500 firms and prior to founding Southard has was president of Earle Palmer Brown Public Relations and previous to that General Manager with Dorf & Stanton Communications.

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Chuck Norman

Membership Committee Chair

Chuck Norman is Owner and Principal of S&A Communications in Raleigh Durham, North Carolina. Chuck has wide-ranging experience in public relations, marketing, crisis communication, and branding. His experience spans a variety of industries including automotive, commercial real estate, technology, healthcare, government and municipal, associations, professional services, economic development, and chambers of commerce.

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Gabor Jelinek

Executive Director

Gabor Jelinek is the Executive Director of Public Relations Global Network. In that capacity, Gabor is the center of action, supporting the work of the President and the Executive Committee to grow and develop the global communications network. Working closely with PRGN’s Business, Marketing and Membership committees, Gabor is the driver of global business development, self-marketing, and membership retention and recruitment.

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A Public Relations Network
Built on Service

Formed in 1992 by a group of visionary public relations leaders, PRGN is fueled by a simple mission: combine the expertise of the finest in-market communications specialists in a connected network capable of providing best-in-class communications services around the world.

Now comprised of 50 agencies, PRGN provides top-level PR, communications and marketing services to an always-expanding spectrum of industries. Our sector specific experience includes automotive, consumer, business-to-business, education, financial services, government, healthcare, not-for-profit, retail, science, technology and travel / hospitality – among many more.

Each member agency operates independently, guided by entrepreneurial leaders who are personally engaged with their PRGN counterparts around the world. Each agency also offers its own areas of unique specialization.

PRGN adheres to the strict code of ethics established by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). By limiting new membership to an invitation-only basis, the network maintains the highest possible standards of performance and expertise to offer clients across-the-board confidence in both the quality and consistency of our work.

How does it work? PRGN customizes its approach based on the needs of the client. In most cases, one agency oversees the work of others throughout the globe. In some cases, an organization may select to work individually with local market leaders. In the most recent years, Johnson & Johnson, Bar Louie, LYFE Kitchen, Carrington College, Domino’s Pizza, Providence Health & Services, Clipper Vacations, and many others have selected PRGN’s agencies to service their global needs.

A world ahead of your competition

The experience and talent of 50 top agencies combine to give our clients an unparalleled level of flexibility and service. Working with PRGN will ensure you receive:

  • Custom “curation” to match the ideal set of services and strategies to your business and communication needs

  • Hands-on, senior-level agency attention backed by global PR power in the markets or industry sectors you truly need

  • The scale, insights and expertise to give your messaging and initiatives the reach you require – whether you’re targeting one market or 50

  • More than 25 years of experience in clockwork-precise network coordination throughout the globe

  • Unmatched local market knowledge on a global scale

  • Expertise in almost every industry – from automotive to healthcare and consumer / lifestyle to professional services and much more

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