Ketchum appoints Rob Flaherty CEO, Ray Kotcher becomes Chairman

27 Jun,2012

By A Correspondent


Ketchum has announced that Rob Flaherty, senior partner and president, will also assume the role of chief executive officer, effective July 1. Raymond L Kotcher, senior partner and CEO, will become the chairman. This shift follows a multi-year plan designed to ensure a seamless management transition at the highly successful agency, which PRWeek recently named as its 2012 agency of the year.


Mr Flaherty joined Ketchum in 1989 and was named president in 2008. He will continue to report to Mr Kotcher. Over the course of his tenure Mr Flaherty has been involved in all aspects of the firm including having successfully led its largest office (New York), one of its global practices (Corporate) and several of its largest client engagements. He has counseled client organizations and brands including IBM, FedEx, Philips and Pfizer.


According to Dale Adams, President and CEO of Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services group (DAS): “As CEO, Ray developed the Ketchum brand into one of the most successful in the DAS group of companies and in the public relations sector. I have great respect for Ray’s leadership and many accomplishments and am pleased to have his continued commitment and involvement as chairman. His ability to lead and plan with this group will ensure the transition to Rob will be seamless.”


Mr Kotcher, started at Ketchum in 1983, was appointed president of the agency in 1992, and in June 2000 was named CEO. As CEO, he transformed and grew the firm. In 2009 Kotcher led one of the public relations industry’s largest-ever mergers when Ketchum and Pleon combined operations to create the leading communications consultancy in Europe.


Under his leadership, Ketchum’s geographic client-service footprint also grew in developing markets through acquisitions in China, India and Russia and a joint venture in the Middle East. As CEO, Kotcher also led the development of a range of offerings in areas such as change management, sports and entertainment, and word-of-mouth marketing.


“I am privileged to have served as Ketchum’s CEO through more than a decade of extraordinary change and opportunity in the communications industry,” said Mr Kotcher.


“The appointment of Rob to CEO has been long planned for and he is distinctly qualified for this role,” he continued.


As chief executive, Mr Flaherty will work with Mr Kotcher and other leaders of the firm to guide agency strategy. He also will remain focused on providing clients with breakthrough ideas and the agency’s talent with clear opportunities for growth.


“Having called Ketchum my home for 23 years, I am deeply honored to assume the role of CEO from Ray. Ray has been an outstanding leader, mentor and friend. I tremendously value our partnership and am looking forward to it continuing,” said Mr Flaherty.



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