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public relations and marketing executive

Henry Zane Robbins, American public relations and marketing executive. Elected to North Carolina Public Relations Hall of Fame, 1994.


Robbins, Henry Zane was born on January 17, 1930 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. Son of Romulus Mayfield and Vera Ethel (Daniel) Robbins.


Bachelor of Arts North Carolina, 1952. Student, Emory University, 1952.


Reporter, Atlanta Constitution, 1952; exhibit specialist, General Electric Company, Schenectady, 1952; employee relations specialist, General Electric Company, Cincinnati, 1955; editor, General Electric Company, Schenectady, 1955; account supervisor, General Electric Company, Winston-Salem, 1956-1958; group supervisor, General Electric Company, Schenectady, 1958-1960; vice president, general manager, Burson-Marsteller, Pittsburgh and Chicago, 1960-1970; senior vice president, Burson-Marsteller, Pittsburgh and Chicago, 1970; president, chief Executive officer, SL&H-Robbins Inc., Chicago, 1970-1972; also director. President, chief Executive officer, Beveridge Kraus Robbins & Manning, Chicago, 1973-1975; also director. President, director, chief Executive officer, Beveridge and Robbins Inc., Chicago, 1975-1977; president, chief Executive officer, Financial Advertising of Illinois, Inc., Chicago managing director, Sports Management Group, Chicago, 1975-1977; director communications, Arthur Andersen & Company, Chicago and Geneva, Switzerland, 1977-1981; director marketing support services, Arthur Andersen & Company, Chicago and Geneva, 1981-1989; director marketing and communications, Arthur Andersen & Company, Chicago and Geneva, 1989-1991; member, Worldwide Alpha Group, 1991-1996; executive director global 1000 program, Worldwide Alpha Group, since 1995; principal, Arthur Andersen & Company, since 1980.

Member journalism advising committee Harper College. Public relations committee Chicago Metropolitan Crusade Mercy. Member National Task Force on Environment.

Consultant secretary Department Health, Edition and Welfare, 1970. Chairman public relations committee Honor Am.Day Committee, 1970.



Counselor Council of Mojave, 1972-1974. General chairman Chicago Children's Classic Golf Tournament, 1974-1977. Chairman Chicago finance committee American's Freedom Train, 1976.

Chairman fund development committee Presbytery of Chicago, 1977-1983, major mission fund, 1977-1979. District commissioner Boy Scouts American, 1976-1979, chairman Wildcat district, 1980-1983. Member executive board Northeast Illinois council, 1980-1985.

Member Republican Citizens Committee Illinois, 1960-1961, Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Republican Committee, 1962-1965. Trustee Roycemore School, Evanston, 1971-1974. Trustee, vice president development Child and Family Services Chicago.

Board directors Fellowship of Christian Athletes, University North Carolina Alumni Illinois, Stockbrokers Association Chicago. Chairman development committee Potawotamie District, 2000, chairman finance committee, 2001. Board directors Evanston Environmental Center, Ladd Arboretum, North Shore Nature Center, since 2001.

Member Center for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife. Board visitors University North Carolina, since 2004. Served to 1st lieutenant Army of the United States, 1952-1954.

Member of Chicago Association Commerce and Industry, Environmental Writers Association American, American Management Association, Public Relations Counselors Roundtable, Chicago Educational television Association, Midwest Travel Writers Association, National Investor Relations Institute, Public Relations Society of America, Art Institute Chicago, Sunset Ridge Country Club, OptimistClub of Wilmette (president since 2005), University Club, Chi Psi.


Married Barbara Anne Brown, January 19, 1955. Children: Zane Scott, Jill Stewart, Gail Ruth.

Romulus Mayfield Robbins

Vera Ethel (Daniel) Robbins

Barbara Anne Brown

Gail Ruth Robbins

Jill Stewart Robbins

Zane Scott Robbins