WASHINGTON, D.C.—APCO is opening a Chicago office and has appointed Tilden Katz, a former practicing attorney and litigation communication expert, as managing director. Pete Wentz, a strategic planning and crisis communication veteran, will serve as executive vice president of the office.
“APCO is growing at a phenomenal pace and with many of our multinational clients based in the Midwest it makes sense that we have a physical presence in the region,” says Neal Cohen, APCO chief executive officer for North America.
In recent years, APCO has worked for a number of companies based in the Midwest including Abbott Laboratories, Discover, Dow Corning and Johnson Controls. The new office broadens APCO’s ability to service clients based in the Midwest, and Katz and Wentz strengthen its crisis and litigation communication practices.
Katz and Wentz, also an attorney, were previously partners in a communication firm, New Vistas Consulting, for three years. Their practice included representation of Adventist Hospital, Northwestern University School of Law and litigation clients of some of the country’s most prominent law firms.
Before founding New Vistas Consulting, Wentz was associate dean at Northwestern University School of Law and served for 17 years as vice president of corporate communications and law for Helene Curtis Industries. Katz was an attorney at Seyfarth Shaw and a vice president at Holland & Knight Strategic Communications.