Gerard "Gerry" Francis Corbett is chair and chief executive officer of Redphlag LLC, a strategic management consulting firm and services provider. He also is Chair and CEO of the 32,000 member Public Relations Society of America and serves as coach of PR Job Coach and CMO of Palo Alto based Producers Forum, Inc., a real estate start up.
Gerry has four decades of experience in technology, corporate communications and public relations. Prior to Redphlag, he was Vice President of the Branding and Corporate Communications Group of $112 billion Hitachi, Ltd. from 1995 to 2007. He previously served several 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.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he 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. He is accredited in public relations (APR) and a member of the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America. He also is a senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics; a member of the board and past president of the International Advertising Association/West; a senior roundtable member of the National Investor Relations Institute; and a member of the Arthur Page Society, National Association of Science Writers, Society of Automotive Engineers, New York PR Society and International Coaching Federation.