NEW YORK—Ketchum has named Chicago corporate communications veteran Ron Culp as senior vice president and managing director of its Midwest operations, comprised of offices in Chicago and Pittsburgh. He also will serve as a strategist in the agency’s global corporate practice.
Culp, who joins Ketchum from Citigate Sard Verbinnen, where he led the Chicago office, was previously at Sears Roebuck & Co. He succeeds J. Adaire Putnam, partner and director for the Midwest, who has made a personal decision to leave Ketchum at the end of the year. Putnam joined Ketchum in 2001 as part of our acquisition of Corporate Technology Communications and became director of the Chicago office in 2003.
Culp’s 30-year career spans a broad range of communications activities in government and the business-to-business, consumer products, pharmaceutical and retailing industries. He is vice chair of the Economic Club of Chicago and most recently, at Citigate Sard Verbinnen, was managing director and chairman of Chicago operations.
Previously, Culp was senior vice president, public relations, government affairs, communications and community relations for Sears Roebuck & Co, where he managed internal and external communications, marketing public relations support, state and federal government affairs and community relations, including the Sears Roebuck Foundation. He also held senior communications positions at Sara Lee Corporation, Pitney Bowes Inc. and Eli Lilly & Co.
In a related personnel move, Ted McDougal was appointed senior vice president and director of Ketchum Midwest’s corporate practice. He joins Ketchum from Sears Holdings Corp., a combination of Sears Roebuck and Kmart Holding Corp, where he was vice president of public relations and directed corporate and financial public relations, including marketing communications, media relations, internal communications and community-relations programs for the company.