Marshall elected IABC president

The 2012-2013 Executive Board of the IABC (Barbados Chapter) – (l to r) Renatta Mohammed, VP Communications; Marilyn Sealy, VP Administration; Sophia Cambridge, VP Professional Development; Keith Goddard, VP Membership;Pamala Proverbs, Senior Delegate; Fay Toppin, VP Finance. Sitting (l to r) Sara Odle, VP Marketing; Sandra Marshall, President and Lynda Holder, Executive Vice President.

Dr. Sharon Marshall, a well-respected business communication professional of more than 17 years’ experience, has been elected President of the local chapter of the International Association of Business Communications.

In accepting her nomination, Marshall said: “I look forward to working with the board and leading the growth and development of the chapter, as we deliver the content, services and support to members which will help them build their careers and contribute to the profession.”

Also elected to the executive board were Lynda Holder, Executive Vice President; Marilyn Sealy, VP of Administration; Sophia Cambridge and Carmel Haynes, Vice Presidents of Professional Development; Keith Goddard, Vice President of Membership; Sara Odle, Vice President of Marketing; Renatta Mohammed, Vice President of Communications; Fay Toppin, Vice President of Finance and Pamala Proverbs, Senior Delegate.

Significant growth

Proverbs, the outgoing president, in delivering her “year in review” report, noted that “the chapter has recorded significant growth in the membership during the past year”, and she urged local communication professionals to invest in themselves by becoming members and taking advantage of the member benefits.

The election of the 2012-2013 executive took place at the annual general meeting of IABC Barbados on July 4.

IABC is a global network of communication professionals committed to improving organisational effectiveness through strategic communication. Established in 1970, the organisation serves more than 15,000 members in 67 countries, 100 chapters and 10,000 organisations.

The IABC Barbados Chapter was founded in June 2008. Among its aims are to create a local community of professionals whose members are committed to a single code of ethics and to demonstrate to business leaders how public relations and corporate communications practiced professionally can enhance all those desirables such as corporate reputation, stakeholder trust, productivity and profits. Business communicators interested in joining can contact Keith Goddard at

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