NEW YORK, NY — September 10, 2012 — Kim Hunter has been selected as the recipient of the Arthur W. Page Society’s 2012 Distinguished Service Award. He is the founder of LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, The LAGRANT Foundation and KLH & Associates, a multicultural executive recruitment firm.

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have devoted themselves to services that help build and nurture the profession. As an advocate for education, Hunter is the founder and chairman of The LAGRANT Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides schol­arships, career development workshops, internships, mentorship and educational enrichment programs to minority students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations. He has raised more than $7.75 million for these programs in 14 years."The lives and careers of many communications professionals - indeed, of our next generation of leaders - have been impacted by Kim Hunter's heartfelt commitment to diversity and education," said Jon Iwata, senior vice president, Marketing and Communications, IBM and chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society. "Kim's work has not only helped the individuals he personally touched through his efforts, but the practice of public relations as a profession."

Hunter was presented with the Distinguished Service Award on September 9 at the 29th Annual Conference of the Page Society, “The CCO & The Social Enterprise,” held in San Francisco. For more information, please visit

Previous Distinguished Service Award winners include:

Copies of remarks delivered by the award winners are available on the Page Society Web site within the Insights and Research section: 

About the Distinguished Service Award

The Distinguished Service Award was created to honor an individual who has helped strengthen the role of public relations. Successful candidates have served the profession by improving its overall value and effectiveness. The recipients of this award helped strengthen the role of public relations in our society by devoting themselves to services that help build and nurture the profession. Winners have advanced the understanding, practice or teaching of public relations and corporate communications through service to the profession, research, writing, speaking or teaching.

About the Arthur W. Page Society

The Arthur W. Page Society is a professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives who seek to enrich and strengthen their profession. Membership consists primarily of chief communications officers of Fortune 500 corporations, the CEOs of the world’s largest public relations agencies and leading academics from the nation’s top business and communications schools. The Page Society is dedicated to strengthening the management policy role of chief public relations officers. For more information please visit

For more information contact:

Dan Strouhal

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