Global public relations leader Porter Novelli (PN) announced today that Ayanna Robinson, executive vice president, was named a top woman in PR by industry trade PR News. The publication’s annual “Top Women in PR” list honors women who are pioneering change and making advancements in the industry. The awards ceremony took place today in New York City.
“Ayanna’s strategic, creative approach to client challenges and dedication to exceptional client service have made her one of our top account leaders at Porter Novelli,” said Karen van Bergen, CEO, Porter Novelli. “We’re so proud of her achievements and the value she consistently brings to both our talent and clients. We’re delighted to see Ayanna recognized with this honor.”
Robinson joined Porter Novelli in 2001; in her 15 years at Porter Novelli, she has worked with clients in industries spanning agriculture, food & beverage and health care. She now serves as a Client Relationship Leader, the agency’s title for those leading its top 25 client accounts. Prior to Porter Novelli, Robinson worked for Arthur Andersen’s Office of Government Services as a communications and marketing specialist. She served as the national program coordinator for the Healthcare Financing Administration’s National Medicare Education Campaign. Before that, she spent five years with Manning, Selvage and Lee (MS&L).
“Throughout my career I have had the privilege of working on campaigns that address some of the most critical issues facing the world today,” said Robinson. “This opportunity to have a hand in driving meaningful impact for clients has always propelled me forward. It’s such an honor to stand alongside so many other talented women who are similarly driven and represent such a wide range of admirable achievements.”
Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Maryland’s School of Public Affairs. Her work has been recognized with more than 30 PR industry awards and the subject of publications and presentations. Outside the office, Robinson is a mentor to young women from local universities such as Spelman College and church and community organizations.