PRINZ appoints new chief executive

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AUCKLAND, Today: The board of directors of PRINZ (the NZ Public Relations Institute/Te Pūtahi Whakakakau Tūmatanui o Aotearoa has appointed Susanne Martin to the role of chief executive, effective from 1 September.

The organisation’s current ceo, Elaine Koller, announced in April she was ending her time with the industry body after seven years in the role. She steps down at the end of August.

PRINZ chair Heather Claycomb said: “Susanne has an extensive background in executive roles spanning commercial, charity, vocational education and the not-for-profit sectors. Her most recent role was development & engagement GM for Ronald McDonald House Charites NZ.

“Susanne’s experience in stakeholder engagement and advocacy across industry and government bodies, together with her proven skills in organisational strategy, communications and revenue growth initiatives were a few of the skills the board was looking to secure in our next leader.”

Susanne Martin said: “PRINZ is in a strong position to capitalise on the many opportunities presenting the current industry and I look forward to helping the organisation expand its reach and influence.

“Elaine Koller left a positive mark on PRINZ – one that will be felt for many years to come.”

“Following the challenges of the last few Covid-impacted years, I feel privileged to lead the team to realise the board’s vision for the next steps in the institute’s journey – one that’s already spanned nearly 50 years.”

Claycomb recognised Elaine Koller’s impact on the PRINZ organisation during her seven-year tenure.

“Elaine has left a positive mark on PRINZ, one that will be felt for many years to come.

“Every aspect of the organisation has gone from strength to strength under her leadership including our continuing professional development programme and the highly-respected PRINZ Awards.

“The board and members are grateful for her eternal optimism, her passion for the industry, her ability to mentor and lead a young team and the contribution she has made to PRINZ and to our profession.”

Established in 1954, the institute today has a community of more than 1000 members who are committed to professional standards and bound by a Code of Ethics. The institute is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Public Relations & Communication Management, a confederation of the world’s major public relations and communication management associations and institutions, representing 280,000 practitioners and academics around the world.

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