FleishmanHillard Manila has noted the loss of "beloved friend and colleague", Cosette Romero, longtime GM, who died on 25 January.
Theresa Defensor, vice president, has assumed the role of acting GM.
Lynne Anne Davis, APAC president and senior partner, issued the following statement:
This news came as an incredible shock to the entire FleishmanHillard family. Since joining the agency in 2002, Cosette always led with her head and her heart, as an industry pioneer, trusted advisor and mentor to so many. The tremendous respect and relationships she built over a lifetime made all around her grow, not the least of which was FH Manila. Under her leadership, the office has grown to become one of the most successful in our network.
Cosette distinguished herself as a champion of our profession, with numerous awards and active leadership roles in industry organizations, including former president of the International Association of Business Communicators (Philippines). In 2013, she received the John D Graham Award of Excellence, our company's highest recognition of counselors who demonstrate outstanding leadership and exemplify the firm’s values. Cosette leaves an inspiring legacy of excellence marked by a strong passion for communications and deep compassion for people that will be forever cherished.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Cosette's family and her devoted team in Manila.