NEW YORK, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Cohn & Wolfe Group CEO Donna Imperato was honored by The Holmes Group with a SABRE Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement at a ceremony on May 7 in New York City. The SABRE Awards recognize Superior Achievement in Branding and Reputation in North America, EMEA and the Asia-Pacific region.
Holmes Group CEO Paul Holmes recognized Imperato for having built Cohn & Wolfe into a "genuinely global business" with "a distinctive positioning and a creative approach to brand marketing that built on its heritage, but added a new emphasis on research-driven insights and expertise in digital and social media."
"It's a great honor and a privilege to be recognized. But even though this award is for individual achievement, I am accepting it on behalf of our teams worldwide," said Imperato. "Together, along with our trusting clients, we've driven the success and impact of hundreds of the world's most recognized brands."Over nearly three decades, Donna Imperato has become a respected leader as she oversaw and built a range of successful, award-winning businesses. Her sharp strategic thinking and ability to build consensus among a broad range of diverse stakeholders has made her a sought-after business advisor and fearless industry trailblazer. On her watch, Cohn & Wolfe Group grew from a revered boutique to a renowned international powerhouse, becoming a magnet for great talent and companies looking for breakthrough ideas that drive business outcomes. Longtime client John Vavricka, president and chief executive officer of Iroko Pharmaceuticals, said, "I have worked with Donna for over twenty years in multiple companies. Strategically, Donna is the best in the business. Donna prides herself on understanding her client's needs, seamlessly integrating traditional and social media to maximize company objectives by leading her highly skilled team to a flawless execution. The one truth I have learned over the years is, that in the PR business, you follow a proven winner who can make a difference, not a company, and for me, that individual is Donna Imperato." Imperato is an active member in the PR community and a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, which supports public relations officers in becoming major contributors to the success of the corporation. She is also on the Corporate Council of the Children's Health Fund, which helps create a unified voice for underserved children in need of pediatric care. She recently became a member of the Women's Forum of New York, comprised of the city's highest women achievers across all professional sectors, as well as the International Women's Forum, which advances leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world's most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. Full details of Imperato's award can be found on the Holmes Report website here. About Cohn & Wolfe Cohn & Wolfe, a global communications agency, builds brands and corporate reputations through an uncompromising commitment to creativity. The agency's strategic approach unearths fresh, relevant insights leading to communications solutions that deliver measurable business success. Over its 40-year history, Cohn & Wolfe's award-winning brand marketing work and world-class digital media campaigns have attracted top brands around the world. Cohn & Wolfe was named Agency of the Year by PRWeek in 2013, and a Best Place to Work by Advertising Age in 2011 and 2012. The agency has more than 1,100 employees in over 50 offices across North America, EMEA and Asia. Cohn & Wolfe is part of WPP (Nasdaq: WPPGY), the world's largest communications services group.