Gatesman congratulates Beth Thompson, VP, Group Account Director on her acceptance into the global IPREX Academy. The unparalleled international leadership program is designed to grow and develop IPREX agencies’ next generation of leaders, while providing partner agencies with a highly appealing point of difference when competing for talent.

“Beth is a smart, talented, energetic and purpose-driven PR professional who effortlessly blends contemporary digital communications and social media with more traditional editorial, influencer and reputation management expertise,” said Shannon Baker, president, Gatesman. “Beth’s commitment to excellence, achieving results, seeking out knowledge, growing her professional skills and generously sharing what she’s learned make her teams better. By joining the prestigious IPREX Academy, Beth will add even more depth to her knowledge, experience and development, while bringing more learnings and strategies to our collective team.”

Following a competitive application and nomination period, the IPREX Academy is a nine-month program that provides distinct courses that delve into subjects beyond marketing and communications, providing holistic business management skills. Course content includes deep-dive sessions, combined with short modules, designed to accelerate career growth into leadership roles.

“The ever-evolving communications landscape continues to experience a digital renaissance, and because of that, I am always on the tips of my toes, wanting to learn more, grow more, and push our teams to deliver new and impactful solutions,” said Thompson. “I am humbled and honored to join the IPREX Academy. As industries change, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, I have a hunger to deepen my understanding of how to thrive in an ever-changing business landscape – with the goal to challenge #teamgatesman and myself to remain relevant and on a forward trajectory.”

Gatesman has been a proud member of IPREX since 2016. IPREX is a $420 million network of communication agencies, with 1,220 staff and 93 offices worldwide working across the spectrum of industry sectors and practice disciplines. IPREX is the tenth largest communication group as ranked by The Holmes Report in its survey of public relations holding companies and global networks.

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About Gatesman:

With offices in Pittsburgh and Chicago, Gatesman offers expertise in strategy/branding, advertising, public relations, social media, digital and analytics. Gatesman is a partner in AMIN Worldwide, an alliance of over 50 independent marketing agencies, and IPREX, a global communications network. Gatesman acquired Quest Fore in 2014 and Noble Communications in 2017.