Gerard Francis Corbett, APR, Fellow PRSA
Gerry Corbett is a founder, Chair and CEO of Redphlag LLC, a strategic public relations, marketing management and executive coaching firm. He also serves on the board of advisors of the Museum of Public Relations. Gerry previously served as a Branding Instructor in the Entrepreneurship Program at the University of California at Berkeley, Extension. He blogs on business crises and career management in the PR field for the PR Job Coach, LinkedIn Pulse, TalentZoo.com, BlueSteps.com, CareerThoughtleaders.com and HireCentrix.com.
Gerry served as 2012 Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA,) the world’s largest member organization of public relations practitioners and is accredited in public relations (APR) and a member of the PRSA College of Fellows. He also is a member of the San Francisco and Silicon Valley PRSA Chapters and has been a PRSA member for 47 years. He is the former Chief Marketing Officer of Producers Forum, Inc., a real estate web start up in Palo Alto, CA., a former Adjunct Professor in Public Relations at San Jose State University and past Secretary and Board Member for Kids Turn, a San Francisco non profit.
Gerry has four decades of experience in technology, corporate communications and public relations. Prior to Redphlag, he was vice president for 13 years of the Branding and Corporate Communications Group and general manager of Web Strategy Center of Hitachi, Ltd., a $100 billion Tokyo based technology company. He previously served several other leading Fortune 200 firms, including Loral Corporation, ASARCO Incorporated, Gould Inc. and International Harvester Company. He also was program manager and senior account executive with the public relations firm of Creamer Dickson Basford in Providence, RI. He launched his career in Silicon Valley as a scientific programmer at the NASA Ames Research Center and later as a senior technical writer.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gerry has a B.A. in public relations from San Jose State University and an A.A. with a major in electronics engineering from the Community College of Philadelphia. Gerry also is an avid photographer and his work can be viewed at http://www.flickr.com/photos/gfcorbett.
Gerry is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; a member of the National Association of Science Writers, San Francisco PR Roundtable, and Kappa Tau Alpha, the National Journalism Honor Society. He is past president of the International Advertising Association/West; and past member of the Arthur Page Society (2004-2014,) and the National Investor Relations Institute. He also was a member from 1974 to 1977 and served as District Director of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Pearce Davies Alpha Chapter at San Jose State University.