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Sep 29 2015

Björn Edlund Inducted into Page Society Hall of Fame

CHICAGO, IL – September 29, 2015 – Björn Edlund has been selected as the 2015 inductee to the Arthur W. Page Society’s Hall of Fame, the Society’s highest honor.

Induction into the Hall of Fame recognizes lifetime achievement in a distinguished career of leadership in corporate communications and public relations. Inductees’ accomplishments include having significant positive influence on the enterprise on communications and business issues, major contributions to the profession, strong commitment to the Page Principles and a history of recognition by their peers.

The most recent inductees include Richard Edelman of Edelman, Nicholas Ashooh of APCO Worldwide and Howard Paster of WPP Group, who was honored posthumously.

“There is no measure for how honored I am to be enshrined in the Page Hall of Fame with so many of our profession’s most influential, accomplished and respected leaders,” said Edlund. “While it is gratifying to be recognized by one’s peers, my motivation has always been my genuine passion for helping organizations to know themselves, tell their stories, be honest and responsible and deserving of the public’s trust. I am truly blessed to be honored for doing what I love so dearly.”

Gary Sheffer, Vice President of Strategic Communications for General Electric and Chairman of the Page Society, said, “Björn Edlund has been a public relations trailblazer for more than three decades and is one of the most highly respected public relations counselors in the world. This honor could not go to a more deserving individual, and we give it as a small token of gratitude for the tremendous contributions he has made to our profession throughout his career.”

Edlund has made substantial contributions to how enterprises think about and undertake communications. At Royal Dutch Shell he helped repair the company’s reputation and create a corporate entity positioned as a major global oil and gas producer and marketer. Earlier, at ABB, he led the effort of integrating corporate responsibility and other sustainability aspects into business planning and practices, adding human rights considerations to business risk assessments and closely engaging stakeholders. During the turnaround of ABB, when the company refocused on its core businesses, Björn led a project to rebuild the values framework guiding the behavior of ABB’s more than 100,000 employees.

Edlund was formally inducted into the Hall of Fame last night at the 32nd Annual Conference of the Page Society, held in Chicago. Please see here for a copy of the acceptance remarks delivered by Edlund during the awards ceremony.

 

About the Page Society Hall of Fame
Induction into the Hall of Fame is the Arthur W. Page Society’s highest recognition, honoring men and women whose esteemed careers have taken them to the summit of the public relations field. Created in 1984, the annual award honors a leading senior level practitioner for career achievement and outstanding contributions to the profession. Inductees into the Hall of Fame have demonstrated a strong commitment to the Page Principles throughout their careers, thereby contributing to the advancement of the role of the Chief Public Relations Officer.

About the Arthur W. Page Society

The Arthur W. Page Society is a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession. Membership consists primarily of chief communications officers of Fortune 500 corporations, the CEOs of the world’s largest public relations agencies, and leading academics from the nation’s top business and communications schools. With 600 members in 18 countries, the Page Society enables members to develop professional relationships with the most knowledgeable, influential and innovative global leaders in enterprise communications. Members also participate in producing thought leadership that is shaping the understanding of the value and role of corporate communications, and are able to take advantage of professional development opportunities for their staff. The Page Society is dedicated to strengthening the enterprise leadership role of chief communications officers. For more information please visit www.awpagesociety.com.

 

 

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