|FedEx Executive Named to Arthur W. Page Center Board|
Prior to joining FedEx, Margaritis was vice president of Bechtel International, based in London, England, and was responsible for managing public relations and marketing communications for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia. He also worked in Washington, DC and Athens, Greece for separate divisions of the company.
In addition to his extensive international communications background, Margaritis has a broad experience in government affairs through positions with Occidental Petroleum, the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and the Michigan State Senate.
He serves on various boards, including the Larry King Cardiac Foundation, the Reputation Institute, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Memphis, the We Are Family
A native of Greece, Margaritis earned his bachelor’s degree in business from Michigan State University. He and his family reside in Memphis, TN.
In September 2009, he was named president of the Arthur W. Page Society, the leading organization for senior public relations and corporate communications leaders. By tradition, the president of the Society serves a two-year term of the board of the Arthur W. Page Center.
The Page Center’s Advisory Board is chaired by Lawrence G. Foster, distinguished Penn State alumnus and retired corporate vice president for public relations at Johnson & Johnson. Members of the Board, in addition to Foster, are Edward M. Block, retired senior vice president at AT&T; John A. Koten, retired senior vice president of corporate communications at Ameritech; Douglas A. Anderson, dean of the Penn State College of Communications; and John S. Nichols, associate dean for graduate studies and research at the College of Communications and Page Center Director.
The Page Center, founded at Penn State in 2004, has awarded approximately $336,000 in grants to researchers to examine integrity in communications. It was founded by Block, Foster and Koten, who each were past leaders of the Arthur W. Page Society.
The Center is named for the man who is considered the world’s pioneer in corporate public relations. Arthur W. Page joined AT&T in 1924 and became known for setting high standards for ethical communication. His views have been distilled into the Page principles: (1) tell the truth, (2) prove it with action, (3) listen to the customer, (4) manage for the long term, and (5) a company’s true character is expressed by its people.
Foster made a leadership gift to establish the Page Center. The Johnson family foundations and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation also have given significant support. Robert Wood Johnson was the long-time chair of Johnson & Johnson. He was well known as a practitioner and promoter of corporate social responsibility. Other contributions have come from colleagues of Robert Wood Johnson and from the AT&T Foundation.
In honor of Arthur W. Page and Robert Wood Johnson, recipients of Page Center grants are called Page or Johnson Legacy Scholars.
The Page Center seeks to foster a modern understanding and application of the Page Principles and Johnson’s business philosophy by supporting innovative research, educational or public service projects in a variety of academic disciplines and professional fields.
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