GodwinGroupers have always known our CEO Philip Shirley was one of the best. The Mississippi Business Journal agreed by recognizing him recently as one of the top chief executive officers in the state.
The award recognizes leaders across the state of Mississippi who demonstrate excellence in their fields. The CEOs honored have helped their companies achieve strong growth and success, and made a profound impact on their community. Honorees were selected in categories of Nonprofit CEOs, Rising Stars, Large Companies, Medium Companies and Small Companies. The CEO winners were honored at a banquet in January.
GodwinGroup is the South’s oldest advertising and public relations firm. Under Shirley’s guidance the agency has remained as one of the top agencies nationwide by revenues, according to industry publication Ad Age. He joined GodwinGroup in 1989 as vice president, public relations, and in 1990 became a partner. In 1994, Shirley was named president and chief operating officer, became CEO in 2007 and in 2010 chairman of the board and majority shareholder.