PRWeek has released the 2012 version of its Power List, the magazine’s annual round up of powerful players in the PR industry. You’ll recall last year’s backlash over the lack of diversity on the list. It doesn’t look like that situation has improved dramatically this year, although one of the “diverse candidates” that EIC Steve Barrett highlighted in 2011, Jon Iwata, SVP of marketing and communications at IBM (pictured), now sits atop the list. (He replaces Leslie Dach from Walmart, who’s now at number four.)
And someone who complained about the list last year, Kim Hunter, president and CEO of Lagrant Communications, now sits on the list at number 40.
“Your refusal to acknowledge the significant contributions of African Americans in our industry is one of the primary reason so many people of color do not find our industry welcoming or a viable career option,” Hunter wrote last year.
Women do OK on the list, with 17 making an appearance.
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