Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) Elects Uwe Schmidt as President

MIAMI--Public Relations Global Network (PRGN), one of the world's leading international networks of independent public relations agencies, today announced the election of Uwe Schmidt, CEO and co-owner of Industrie-Contact (IC AG) in Hamburg, Germany as its new president. Schmidt will lead the worldwide network of 47 independently owned firms on six continents. He succeeds David Landis of Landis Communications Inc. in San Francisco. Other appointments include Ed Stevens, owner of Cleveland, Ohio-based Stevens Strategic Communications, Inc. who has been named president-elect. Joe Ledlie of Atlanta-based The Ledlie Group continues as treasurer and C.L. Conroy of Miami-based The Conroy Martinez Group continues in the role of secretary.

Before joining IC AG as a trainee in 1989, Schmidt worked as a journalist for newspapers, radio stations and a news agency. After three years, he became an executive with the management team and then co-owner just four years later. Schmidt has driven the internationalization and networking of IC AG for more than a decade, lending his talents to a variety of corporations. Food & beverage, health and medicine, public affairs, professional services, technology and transportation are among his areas of expertise. His background includes international PR counsel, crisis management, financial communications, special events, website development, government relations/public affairs, search engine optimization (SEO), graphic design, publishing, marketing and direct mail marketing. Industrie-Contact has been a member of PRGN since 2002.

“I’m looking forward to leading PRGN. I have witnessed the good work being produced for hundreds of clients from around the world,” said Schmidt. “PRGN is dedicated to delivering the best professional services possible and I’m excited to be continually expanding our global reach to make the network as powerful and efficient as possible.”

Ed Stevens brings more than 45 years experience to his new role as president-elect of PRGN. After serving as vice chairman and president, marketing communications for Cleveland-based Dix & Eaton for nearly 30 years, Stevens launched his own communications firm in 1999. His background includes branding, inquiry management, crisis communications, investor relations, media relations and marketing communications. Stevens has significant experience in such industry sectors as manufacturing, food/food service, safety, healthcare, chemicals, banking, professional services, distribution, utilities and building/construction.

“As a PRGN co-founder, I’m humbled by the opportunity to lead and work with the best public relations minds across the globe,” said Stevens. “Through membership, we grow in our understanding of each other, the PR industry and the local worlds in which we live. For our clients, we offer the power of a global network that produces results through collaborative, collegial and creative campaigns targeted at the local communities we serve.”

The Fearey Group is the local PRGN partner in Seattle, United States and has been a member since 1992.

“The global connections we have through our PRGN partners extends our network beyond the Seattle area to the rest of the world,” said The Fearey Group President and CEO Aaron Blank. “Having connections around the world not only keeps us connected, but it also helps connect our clients into other markets and builds their business. We are truly the world’s local agency.”


The Fearey Group is one of the leading independent public relations and public affairs firms in the Pacific Northwest. For more than 33 years, the full-service integrated communications agency has provided professional services for some of the region’s leading public, private and non-profit organizations and has strong practices in the areas of health care, biotechnology, real estate and land use, nonprofit, government, consumer and crisis communications. The firm is also a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network, an international organization of leading independent, owner-operated public relations agencies. PRGN has extraordinary global reach and includes more than 50 member agencies hailing from the United States, Central and South America, Europe, Canada, the Pacific Rim, South Asia and the Caribbean. 


Clients across six continents depend on the combined resources of the Public Relations Global Network (PRGN) to deliver targeted public relations campaigns in markets around the world. With revenues of more than $110 million (U.S.D.), PRGN is among the world’s top four international public relations networks. PRGN harnesses the resources of nearly 50 independent public relations firms and more than 900 communications professionals to connect international companies and organizations with individual and culturally diverse markets globally. Visit PRGN online at

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