Our esteemed communications specialists have been carefully selected as Jury members for the North American Excellence Awards to ensure a fair and balanced evaluation of all applications. The Jury members’ range of expertise covers a wide scope, from the perspective of both in-house and agency communication and HR departments. During an online voting session and a Jury meeting, the Jury decides which entries are shortlisted, and who the recipients of the North American Excellence Awards are. The Jury evaluates the innovation, implementation, strategy and impact of the projects submitted, to award the best in communications and PR.
Nicholas Ashooh, senior director of corporate and executive communication at APCO Worldwide, focuses on providing corporate communication services to C-suite clients. He is also a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council. Mr. Ashooh has more than 37 years of experience in corporate communications, serving as senior communications officer at five Fortune 500 companies across several sectors, including energy and utilities, financial services, insurance, metals and mining, and entertainment.Most recently, Mr. Ashooh served as vice president of corporate affairs for Alcoa, a global metals and mining giant. There, he was responsible for media relations, community relations, internal communications, marketing communications and corporate reputation. He also oversaw the Alcoa Foundation, one of the largest corporate foundations in the United States, and was a member of Alcoa’s Executive Council, which set strategy for the company.
EVP, Executive Editor
Muck Rack & Shorty Awards, The Drum’s Found Remote
Natan Edelsburg is the EVP at Sawhorse Media where he's the senior supervising producer of the Shorty Awards (honoring the best of social media) and handles the business side of Muck Rack (where journalists and sources connect). Edelsburg is also the Executive Editor of The Drum's Found Remote where he covers the future of TV and interviews top executives at TV networks about the impact social is having on their companies. He's previously worked on influencer marketing campaigns for Nokia, Showtime, WellPoint, PepsiCo, BIO, A&E and more. Edelsburg’s also worked at 360i, Bain & Company, Showtime and LinkedIn.
Rudolf Hetzel is publisher of international Communication Director magazine, which is distributed worldwide. He is founder and CEO of Quadriga University in Berlin and Helios Media GmbH – the publishing house of Communication Director magazine. Rudolf studied political science at the Free University of Berlin, where he later taught.
Senior Vice President of Communications & Public Affairs
Ledcor Industries Inc.
David Hoff, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs, Ledcor, Vancouver, Canada.The Ledcor Group of Companies is one of North America's most diversified construction companies, serving the building, oil & gas, infrastructure, mining, power, and telecommunications sectors. Ledcor also own operations in property investment, forestry, aviation, and marine transportation services. Ledcor employs over 7000 people across 20 offices, and numerous construction sites. At Ledcor, Mr. Hoff is responsible for Ledcor’s brand, reputation and external communications, including marcom, government, media and stakeholder relations.Mr. Hoff's past experience is in corporate communications, marketing and public affairs with Bell Canada, the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC), the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Canadian Treasury Board.He has also been a corporate consultant for telecommunications, information technology, finance, transportation, manufacturing, construction and environmental organizations.Mr. Hoff is currently serving on three boards of directors: VIA Rail Canada, the Vancouver Board of Trade and the Jack Webster Media Foundation.
Politics with Purpose
Founder & CEO
Head of Corporate Communications, North America
Lynn Kenney currently leads the Corporate Communications function for the North American business at RB (formerly Reckitt Benckiser), with US operations headquartered in Parsippany, NJ. She oversees all of RB’s internal and external corporate communications strategies including executive communications, employee communications, corporate reputation, issues management, media relations, corporate advertising, social media and community relations in for North America. Lynn began her communications career working for public relations agencies, including Edelman, Cohn & Wolfe and Noonan Russo in New York City, where she supported global communications programs for blockbuster healthcare products for nearly 10 years. Following her agency career, she moved to the corporate side of the business, serving as Director of Global Product Communications for Merck, where she led all global communications supporting the company’s diabetes, respiratory (asthma) and infectious diseases (HIV) initiatives around the world, and as head of Corporate Communications for the US subsidiary of Eisai, a Japanese-led pharmaceutical company
Founder & Director
Carlos is a visionary professional who has 15 years of experience in the tourism industry. His proactive development in areas of the public, private, and governmental sectors have positioned him as an innovator and strategist with strong relationships with tourism leaders.In 2009 he moved from his hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico to New York City to become part of the team at the Mexico Tourism Board’s office in New York and later a Trade Director in a New York based public relations agency where he developed strategies for tourisms destinations and tourism brands.In 2014 he founded ENroute Communications which he has positioned as one of tourism public relations newts leading agencies signing on clients such as Quito Tourism, the San Miguel de Allende Tourism Board and properties in Mexico and Costa Rica.He has a Bachelor's degree in tourism from Mexico’s Guanajuato University, as well as a Master's Degree in Tourism Development from the University of Madrid, Spain. He is an advocate for the LGBT Rights and dog lover.
Vice President Global Marketing
Melissa Womack is VP Global Marketing at KPIT where she responsible for articulating, disseminating and reinforcing the KPIT brand. She leads business unit marketing and develops global and regional marketing programs for customers, partners, analysts and media that span from market analysis and planning through delivery, management and measurement. As a technology marketing leader Melissa contributes to company growth by building brands, developing products and smoothly integrating acquisitions. She inspires global teams to achieve measurable success in marketing, communications and growth.Melissa brings 20 years of experience in marketing and channel partnerships for multinational public companies. She previously served as Senior Vice President, Marketing and Business Development for Software Spectrum, Inc. and Insight Enterprises. She also served as Director - Sales & Marketing for Travelocity, the popular online travel website. She holds an MBA from University of Texas at Dallas and was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Marketing Technology leaders in Asia by World Marketing Congress.
Senior Vice President
Pete Wootton serves on the leadership team of the agency's Technology Sector, and partners with Microsoft on their corporate communications and cross-company storytelling. He specializes in brand, corporate strategy and executive transitions, as well as reputation management and financial communications.