Gainesville, Fla. – The Institute for Public Relations is thrilled to announce the addition of two new Trustees to its Board:

Brad Burns
Brad Burns is the Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of Salesforce. He has two decades of experience providing communications counsel to executive teams in highly-competitive industries, especially around financial and M&A communications, high-visibility product launches, communicating globally, and intensive issues management. Burns formerly served as Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Communications for AT&T Communications. While there, he led global communications, including public relations, internal communications, reputation management, social media, executive communications, and issues management.

Before AT&T, Burns was Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for Revolution LLC, a venture capital firm created by AOL co-founder Steve Case. He also led global corporate communications for MCI (now Verizon). He began his career at Ogilvy Public Relations in Washington, D.C.

Burns holds a B.A. from Southern Methodist University. He’s an executive board member of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts and is a former adjunct professor of Georgetown University’s Corporate Communications program.

Lindsey O’Neill
Lindsey O’Neill is Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for USAA, one of America’s leading financial services companies. Founded in 1922 as an insurance association serving military families, USAA now is ranked No. 94 on the FORTUNE 500® and offers insurance, banking, and financial advice and planning. As a leader in USAA’s Brand organization, O’Neill heads Corporate Communications. The team is responsible for the strategy and execution of USAA’s communications to its 13 million members and 35,000 employees while promoting and protecting its brand. O’Neill brings more than 15 years of experience in internal, external, and executive communications; media relations; reputation management; business intelligence; and strategy and planning.

A proud member since 2011, she joined USAA in 2014 and has held a series of executive roles that include serving as the communications officer for several of USAA’s top executives and leading strategy, external communications, and employee communications within Corporate Communications. Before this role, O’Neill was chief of staff for the CEO, managing a team that supported USAA’s CEO and Board of Directors.

Before joining USAA, O’Neill worked at National Instruments (NI), where she led a global Corporate Communications team and held several positions in business intelligence where she found her passion for transforming data into insights to inform business decisions.

O’Neill graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and is a member of Page, the world’s leading professional association for senior public relations and corporate communications executives and educators.

About the Institute for Public Relations
Founded in 1956, the Institute for Public Relations is an independent, nonprofit foundation dedicated to the science beneath the art of public relations™. IPR creates, curates, and promotes research and initiatives that empower professionals with actionable insights and intelligence they can put to immediate use.  IPR predicts and analyzes global factors transforming the profession and amplifies and engages the professional globally through thought leadership and programming. All research is available free at and provides the basis for IPR’s professional conferences and events.


Heidy Modarelli handles Growth & Marketing for IPR. She has previously written for Entrepreneur, TechCrunch, The Next Web, and VentureBeat.
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