Omnicom Public Relations Group is headed by prominent industry players and expert communicators with deep experience leading dynamic global teams to success.
Chris Foster is the CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group, overseeing the communications, consulting and public affairs firms within Omnicom. In his role, he is focused on talent, innovation and cross-agency collaboration to drive growth. Chris previously was the President of North America at BCW Group, responsible for managing growth, talent and client relationships in the region. Chris took a break from public relations agencies in 2010 and spent five years at the global management consulting firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, where he was Senior Vice President and Partner leading teams and growth across the government and civil business. Foster serves on the Board of Directors for The LAGRANT Foundation, The Institute for Public Relations, 4A’s, Public Relations Counsel (Vice Chairman) and the University of Virginia’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Foster is also a founding member of the Black Executive CMO Alliance (BECA) founded in April 2021. He earned an M.S. in Applied Behavioral Counseling from The Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Philosophy from The University of Virginia.
Jeff Lupinacci is the CFO of Omnicom Public Relations Group. Prior to Omnicom, Jeff was the CFO of the Marketing Business Unit at Ascential PLC and the COO of MediaLink. Prior to Ascential, Jeff was the Global CFO of IPG Mediabrands, where he led the finance and operations of all media assets within Interpublic for over a decade. Jeff also spent a large amount of time working directly with marketing and procurement clients helping to achieve balanced remuneration proposals. Jeff is a true business partner and a client advocate, who deeply understands the nuances of the marketing landscape after many years as a senior financial figure within IPG and Publicis. He also led and closed several acquisitions in excess of $250 million, which provided scale to IPG’s two main divisions across the US, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, India, Russia and Brazil. In addition, Jeff’s held roles as North America CFO at Leo Burnett’s Arc Worldwide. His earlier background was in finance, banking and private equity, spending nearly a decade at firms like Koch Industries and JP Morgan Chase.
Soon Mee Kim is Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer for the Omnicom Public Relations Group, representing the world’s leading communications agencies across a broad array of industries and specialties. She is responsible for driving greater diversity, equity and inclusion across 16 agency brands worldwide. Recognized as an industry pacesetter and culture creator, Soon Mee was most recently executive vice president and Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Leader for Porter Novelli, where she developed policies and award-winning programs to foster receptive mindsets, challenge norms, and create cultures where all are valued. Soon Mee was named to the PRWeek 2021 Power List of most influential communicators. In 2021, PROVOKE recognized her with the Innovation Achievement SABRE Award, and as a Top 25 Innovator for the Americas in 2019. In 2020, she was named an ADCOLOR Legend for her commitment to mentorship. She is a past PRWEEK Hall of Femme and ColorComm Circle Award honoree. PRWeek and PR Council recognized Soon Mee for spearheading the best agency diversity initiatives for 2018 and 2019, and as Agency Diversity Champion of the Year in 2018. Soon Mee is an active board member for ColorComm, The LAGRANT Foundation (TLF), as well as the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE). She is active in her local community through the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta, the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, and Leadership Atlanta.
As OPRG’s Chief Innovation Officer, Erin Lanuti is responsible for digital innovation and product development, working closely with all agencies to scale and build performance-driven offerings in areas such as social media, content marketing, creative, influencer marketing, media relations, SEO and commerce. Prior to OPRG, Erin spent nine years at Publicis, driving integrated marketing and digital transformation across MSLGROUP and Performics. She developed and scaled a suite of global performance marketing solutions including Conversation2Commerce, a solution that linked PR to a measurable business impact across brand lift and sales. She has been awarded “Innovator of the Year” by the International Business Awards, “Digital 40 over 40” by Campaign Magazine and added to the prestigious “Innovator 25” by the Holmes Report.
Emily Dunlop is the global business leader for technology at Omnicom PR Group. In this role, she works with the technology communications professionals across 14 agencies globally to collaborate and accelerate growth in the tech sector. Emily joined Omnicom in March 2020 from WPP, where she was most recently U.S. president of technology specialty agency AxiCom. In that role, she led a team across the U.S. to achieve impressive organic and new growth. Before AxiCom, she held leadership roles at agencies and companies in the Bay Area, most notably leading WPP’s PR relationship with Dell through the company’s privatization, acquisition of EMC and return to public markets. Emily is a collaborator by nature and passionate advocate for integrated communications, rooted in a belief that a company’s reputation is not built by PR alone. In her career, she has worked side-by-side with PR, creative, digital, media and experiential agencies to build programs that truly impact clients’ businesses. That power of collaboration drives her thinking every day. In her role at Omnicom Public Relations Group, she is connecting capabilities from across the group to bring to market the very best in integrated communications for tech-driven companies. She focuses her deep experience in technology – ranging from cloud services and infrastructure, to gaming, to AI and machine learning, to consumer services and devices, and more – to build teams, craft programs, and spark ideas tailored to clients’ business goals. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Kenyon College. Outside of work, she is a music fanatic, she volunteers with Edgewood Center for Children and Families, and she practices archery.
Paul George is the global business leader, health for OPRG, a collection of more than 2,000 health consultants across 14 agencies globally. Paul was appointed to this role almost four years ago in order to grow and develop and further increase collaboration and accelerate business expansion in the health sector. Paul has been with Omnicom for almost 20 years holding leadership roles at FleishmanHillard and Porter Novelli. He has a strong track record for delivering growth for Omnicom, organizing and leading best in class teams of consultants across a wide range of business defining moment for clients from IPO’s, M&A, product commercialization, and LOE strategies. In 2015 Paul was honored by PRWeek as one of the industry’s most influential communications leaders under the age of 40. In 2017 Paul was named one of the Health Influencer 50 by PRWeek and MM&M. Paul graduated with honors from the University of East Anglia, U.K. and Universidad Autonoma de Madrid with a B.Sc (Hons) in biological sciences.
Following 20 years of building high-performance networks across Asia Pacific, Lynne Anne now oversees Omnicom PR Group in APAC — including OPRG Singapore and strategic initiatives that deepen collaboration amongst the group’s multiple agency brands region-wide — reporting to CEO Karen van Bergen. She is focused on building client-centered teams, prioritizing talent development and new business generation, and creating new innovative capabilities to drive overall global growth. She joined OPRG from its FleishmanHillard network, where she has led the evolution of its three networks in Asia, including BlueCurrent and VOX Global. Under her leadership, the agencies have been named regional Network of the Year multiple times by a variety of leading industry authorities, among numerous top honors. Lynne Anne is a sought-after speaker and commentator on industry trends and issues. At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, she has served on the prestigious Titanium Lions Jury and chaired the PR Lions jury. Her accolades include “Global Women’s Champion” from NAFE and inclusion on the inaugural Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 most influential people who have inspired change and innovation for the benefit of society. She was also voted as one of “Asia’s Most Admired Agency Leaders,” and debuted on PRWeek’s Power List in 2014. Lynne Anne is founding board chairman of the Hong Kong Support Foundation and a trustee for the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Bangladesh, which educates a new generation of female leaders driving change in corners of the world that need it most.
With an intimate knowledge of today’s complex consumer and media environment, Kate has a proven track record developing corporate reputation narratives and integrated communications campaigns that resonate with key stakeholders. She currently serves as Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications & Strategy at Omnicom Public Relations Group (OPRG). In this role, Kate is focused on developing and executing the strategy for OPRG. She also oversees internal and external communications across the group’s agencies. Prior to OPRG, she spent seven years at Porter Novelli working in the Reputation Management practice, creating corporate reputation initiatives at the C-Suite level. She has built reputations, strengthened employee engagement and managed crisis situations for clients such as HP Inc., Johnson & Johnson, Capital One and the Almond Board of California. Her work for the Almond Board earned a Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award. Kate was also named to PR News’ Rising PR Stars 30 & Under list in 2017. She is a graduate of Hamilton College and currently lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and dog.