Global communications agency Porter Novelli today appointed new senior leadership, naming Gary Stockman CEO and Julie Winskie and Jean Wyllie presidents.
Current CEO Helen Ostrowski, who has led Porter Novelli for the past five years, will become the agency’s chairman. Michael Gehb will continue as the firm’s CFO.
The appointments are part of a long-planned leadership succession at the agency. They will become effective January 1, 2008.
"I am very confident about this next evolution of the agency’s leadership and our future," Ostrowski said in making the announcement to agency staff. "Porter Novelli is well positioned for tremendous success at a time when clients are asking for more of what the public relations discipline can deliver."
Thomas L. Harrison, L.H.D., chairman and chief executive of Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services unit of which Porter Novelli is a part noted "This is an entrepreneurial agency that is re-imagining how public relations can best deliver against client needs for relevance and relationships with their audiences. Now is the time to tell the market more about their point of view."
As CEO, Stockman, 46, will have overall responsibility for the agency’s success. He previously served as Porter Novelli’s president and during his 12-year tenure has held a number of other positions, including chief operating officer.
Winskie, 44, will become Porter Novelli’s Americas president. She will continue in her role as chief client officer, working closely with many of the agency’s global clients and teams.
As president of Porter Novelli’s Europe/Middle East/Africa region, Wyllie, 42, also will continue as the agency’s chief invention officer, where she is leading Porter Novelli’s charge in digital and social media.
Ostrowski, 56, is a public relations luminary who has served in a number of industry roles, most recently as chair of the Council of Public Relations Firms. She is a prolific speaker on the business of public relations. In her role as agency chairman, Ostrowski will continue to actively support staff, clients and network members, and continue her work in the industry.
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