Zimbabwe Tourism Authority corporate communications and industry relations manager Hazel Zisanhi is the new president of the Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations.
Zisanhi was elected by members of the new ZIPR Council following their own election at the institute’s annual general meeting in Harare on Saturday.
She takes over from Godfrey Koti, who had completed his term of office.
Vivid BCW managing consultant Tapuwa Nduku-Makurumure was elected vice-president, while other members of the new ZIPR Council include Herbert Chigonzo, who was elected treasurer, Paidamoyo Chipunza secretary, Arthur Choga, Bongiwe Ngwenya, Thando Nkomo and Nesisa Mpofu.
Zisanhi has more than seven years experience in the public relations, communications and media industry.
She sits on the newly elected Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board. She is also a member of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee where she serves on its Media, Communication, Public Relations and Diplomacy Committee.
Speaking after her election, Zisanhi pledged to work tirelessly to gain respect for the public relations profession, which she said had been taken for granted for years.
“We have assembled a great team that will take the profession to greater heights by promoting the profession in both the public and private sectors through networking, collaborative events and smart partnerships.
“Our priority is to continuously shape the strategic direction of ZIPR and keep it abreast of global industry trends.
“Of immediate importance is to increase value for our members through continuous development initiatives. These include reviving the popular short courses ZIPR has run in the past and the ZIPR Diploma course,” she said.
The Zimbabwe Institute of Public Relations is among the oldest professional bodies in the country, having been established in 1957.