MIAMI—Chief communications officers from three continents—representing companies such as HSBC, Tata, and Walmart—are on the agenda for the 2015 Global Public Relations Summit, which will take place in Miami from October 26-29 this year.

Among those confirmed to appear as speakers and panelists are:

  • Dan Bartlett, executive vice president of corporate affairs at Walmart, where he is responsible for government relations and public policy, corporate communications, philanthropy, and the company’s social responsibility and sustainability initiatives. Before joining Walmart, Dan was president and CEO of Hill+Knowlton Strategies in the US, and before that served in several high-ranking positions at the White House, completing his service as counselor to President George W. Bush in July 2007.
  • Pierre Goad, group head of human resources and communications at HSBC, where he has headed communications since 2014. He rejoined HSBC in 2011 from Zurich Insurance Group in Switzerland, where he was head of corporate communications.
  • Rajeev Kumar, general manager, learning and development, in Tata Group’s corporate communication department. Earlier roles include head of learning and development at Larsen and Toubro, professor in organizational behavior and human resources at Goa Institute of Management and senior practice consultant at the Tata Management Training Centre. He has a military background and was also a Colonel in and director of media for the Indian Army.

They join a stellar lineup of previously announced speakers including academic, author and creativity guru Sarah Lewis; Samsung chief marketing officer Marc Mathieu; United Way CMO Vicki Lins and OneSight executive director Jason Singh; and senior communicators Kelly McGinnis of Levi Strauss, Maha Nagy of Qsoft Holding, Joy Tan of Huawei, and Anne Villemoes of Danish Crown.

The fourth Summit will focus on “Culture and Character: The Keys to Authentic Brand-Building.” Registration for the event—and for the accompanying
Independent Public Relations Firm Forum—is now open.