Harris Diamond Honored with the 2014 Paladin Award

Our annual Paladin Dinner in April honored Harris Diamond, PR pioneer and former CEO of Weber Shandwick now acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McCann World Group.

Commenting on his new role as the head of a major advertising agency, Diamond said: "In a funny way, I think I understand the importance of PR even more than I used to. And ironically, I’m probably a better PR guy as a result. Marketers want, and need, to know more about consumers today. They need to understand the total legislative and regulatory context, as well as the specifics of purchasing behavior because consumer brand considerations now entail corporate social, political and ethical ones as well.  And they need to reach consumers in more ways than in the past, across multiple platforms, both digital and otherwise, that are coordinated and collaboratively reinforced. The imperative to deliver thinking in a more integrated way is key to the success for all in the marketing services sphere."

"To succeed, we will need to concentrate all our skills and work with all our communications’ partners – marketing and corporate, advertising and PR. If we do, we will ultimately demonstrate why the worldly skills and perspectives of Public Relations are of increasing value in an expanding multiplatform marketing services world." 

Lou Capozzi, Foundation president, emceed the event.

Public Relations and Marketing Leaders coming together.
Andy Polansky, CEO of Weber Shandwick, Michael Roth, chairman and CEO of IPG, Harris Diamond, Jack Leslie, chairman of Weber Shandwick and Lou Capozzi, president of the PRSA Foundation

Dinner Co-Chair Bob DeFillippo of Prudential Financial and guests enjoying the dinner. 

Harris Diamond and his Paladin Award


Praise for the Paladin Dinner:

"I enjoyed the evening, especially seeing long time friends and colleagues.  The food was good and the program was mercifully brief, albeit substantive." Harold Burson, Burson Marsteller

"It was great to see many old friends .. Great event." John Graham, Fleishman Hillard

"The experience was enlightening. Not only did I gain helpful knowledge about public relations from top industry professionals (Johnson & Johnson, Heyman Associates & MSL Group), I also received reassured career direction from Mr. Harris Diamond's speech. The speech was the greatest take away. The Paladin dinner is an opportunity any young professional can appreciate. Most of all, to top the night I met the Director of Media Relations at GolinHarris who handed me her card and told me and other PRSSA members, "we are in the middle of intern selection shoot me an email to get in the mix." Overall, I left thinking wow, what a great night the PRSA foundation established from food to camaraderie." - David Mathews, president, PRSSA chapter Baruch College

For a historical look at the PRSA Foundation Paladin Dinner and previous honorees, click here