Ruder Finn co-founder, David Finn, has been inducted into the PRWeek Hall of Fame – a prestigious honor recognizing his profound impact on the communications industry. Widely recognized as a father of public relations, David led our agency, and the industry, from its infant years to great heights. With a storied career spanning more than 50 years, he has worked for many well-known individuals and distinguished institutions, from Ruder Finn’s first client, Perry Como; to government organizations, including the White House and United Nations; to the Vatican, Academy Awards, and many more. He has led the industry in exploring the ethical dimensions of public relations, and was the first to establish a formal ethics committee within a PR agency. His passion for excellence, fierce drive and relentless pursuit for creativity remain hallmarks of Ruder Finn today.
In addition to his career in public relations, David is a celebrated artist whose sculptures, paintings, and photographs have been exhibited in the US and Europe, many of which currently adorn Ruder Finn’s headquarters in New York City, He has also authored, illustrated and photographed for more than 100 books; sat on numerous boards, including the American Forum for Global Education and Business Committee for the Arts; and served as an Adjunct Professor at New York University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was appointed by President Clinton as a member of the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. These are just a handful of David’s many accomplishments throughout his career.
David continues to be an inspiration for Ruder Finn today, and we are so proud to continue his legacy. Congratulations to David for this recognition of his lifelong commitment and success in public relations!