September 13, 2011 — Tom Martin has been selected as the recipient of the Arthur W. Page Society’s 2011 Distinguished Service Award. Martin is the former senior vice president and director of corporate relations at ITT and vice president of corporate communications at FedEx. He is currently executive-in-residence at the College of Charleston and also serves as a senior counselor with PulsePoint Group, a management consulting firm.

“Tom’s commitment to cultivating the next generation of communication leaders is an invaluable contribution to the industry,” said Bill Margaritis, chairman of the Arthur W. Page Society. “We are delighted to recognize him with this year’s Distinguished Service Award.”

The Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals who have devoted themselves to services that help build and nurture the profession. Martin has served as a trustee for the Arthur W. Page Society since 2002 and was president from 2004 to 2005. He has spearheaded the development and launch of Page Society’s Future Leaders Experience, the two-year leadership development program designed to prepare high-potential communications executives to assume the role of the chief communication officer (CCO) at major corporations. As chair of Page Society’s Professional Development committee he has led the launch of several new initiatives aimed at developing younger professionals in Page member organizations through mentoring, social media platforms and networking events.

Martin joined the College of Charleston in 2007, after leaving his position at ITT where he was an officer, member of the company’s Executive Council, and responsible for worldwide brand and reputation management, public relations, employee communications, government affairs, corporate advertising and community relations.

He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics, and is a member of Charleston Philanthropic Partners. In November of 2006 he was inducted into the PR News Hall of Fame.

Martin was presented with the Distinguished Service Award at the 28th Annual Conference of the Page Society, “Chief Communication Officers at the Center of Change," being held in Washington, DC, from September 11th – 13th, 2011. 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 over the years 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 may have championed the merits of public relations; written articles and/or books; conducted opinion research; developed educational programs; and worked with students, professional groups and community groups.

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

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