Two PR industry leaders to be honored with Hall of Fame

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Communication Consultancies Association of Turkey (İDA), accelerating efforts to improve perspective of public relations profession and to enhance the discipline, introduced “Hall of Fame” body of International Communication Consultation Organization (ICCO) in Turkey. The first industry leaders to be inducted into the İDA Hall of Fame are announced as Meral Saçkan and Salim Kadıbeşegil, following the İDA Hall of Fame ceremony in April 4, 2017 Tuesday evening.

A number of senior executives from the business community, representatives of leading non-governmental organizations in the communications sector, and academicians participated in İDA Hall of Fame ceremony, as well as İDA Board of Directors, the Chairpersons and Vice-Chairpersons of the member companies.

İDA President Ergun Gümrah said: “It is significant for everyone to be recognized when alive. We attach importance to the Hall of Fame not only for appreciating value of these people but also for inspiring their colleagues for similar achievements. This ceremony is also a sign of respect for our profession, maintained by many companies in Turkey at international standards. ”

Meral Saçkan and Salim Kadıbeşegil to receive İDA Hall of Fame recognition

Meral Saçkan, Founder and Chairperson of MPR Communication Consultancy, is one of the five founding members of PRCI / ICCO – Turkey and also the first president of İDA. Saçkan, regarding the discipline of public relations in Turkey as the secret weapon of marketing communication and being one of the forerunners of ‘Marketing PR’, is among the ‘pioneers’ of the industry through her contribution to establishment of international professional and ethical standards in our country, application of international measurement criteria, development of national professional organizations and the academic world.

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Salim Kadıbeşegil, the founder of the ORSA, understood orientation of the global communication industry; helped the industry recognize international service standards and played a leading role in this field in Turkey. Kadıbeşegil introduced the method that represents “strategic communication” concept as a discipline in the communications sector and adopted the “reputation management” approach to the business world. Kadıbeşegil, who made great efforts for the establishment of the PRCI and then İDA, continues to contribute to the sector with his articles and practices.

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Hall of Fame was launched at the ICCO Global Summit Berlin in 2003. Honorable individuals who contribute development of PR discipline and enhancement of its reputation in Turkey through their achievements while inspiring PR professionals and playing important role in development of the sector in international and local level are inducted into İDA Hall of Fame. The inductees are determined after evaluation of the İDA Board of Directors based on Hall of Fame criteria. The tradition started with the “Honorary Prize” submitted to Betül Mardin and Alaeddin Asna in the 10th Anniversary Ceremony of İDA; and will continue with the Hall of Fame body as of this year.

About Communication Consultancies Association of Turkey (İDA)

Representing the companies in Communications Consultancy sector and bringing the leading companies of the sector together, the Communication Consultancies Association of Turkey (İDA) is the Turkey branch of the International Communications Consultancy Organization (ICCO). The aim of Communication Consultancies Association of Turkey (İDA) is improving, expanding and increasing the reputation of the public relations sector which the member companies operate in; increasing awareness in the sector against unfair competition, informal activities and unethical acts; ensuring that the companies receiving service from the sector to have access to accurate information about the sector; and ensuring that the members act jointly without damaging their solidarity and competitive environment while facing the problems of the profession and the market, to set an example by observing the international service standards and codes of conduct, and to increase their service quality by increasing their professional performance and management skills.