Copithorne Steps Down; Ostrowski Takes Helm at PN
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Copithorne Steps Down; Ostrowski Takes Helm at PN

In a surprise move, Porter Novelli International chief executive officer David Copithorne is leaving the firm to spend more time at home in Boston with his wife and two young children. He will be succeeded by Helen Ostrowski.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—In a surprise move, Porter Novelli International chief executive officer David Copithorne is leaving the firm to spend more time at home in Boston with his wife and two young children. Copithorne will remain as a consultant to the firm, and his position at the helm of the world’s seventh largest PR firm will be taken by Helen Ostrowski, currently head of PN America.
 
Gary Stockman will take over chief executive officer of the Americas region.
 
“Today’s transition represents the next chapter in a story that began with the 1999 merger of Porter Novelli and Copithorne & Bellows, the technology PR agency founded by David Copithorne,” said Thomas Harrison, chairman and chief executive officer of Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services unit.
 
“Dave worked with [PN chairman] Bob Druckenmiller to lead the two companies through one of the industry’s most successful mergers ever, and today he hands the reins to two leaders who were instrumental in the success of the merger.  Their proven track record leading successful businesses makes them the perfect choice to lead the agency forward.”
 
In her new role, Ostrowski will lead Porter Novelli’s international board and oversee the company’s global practices and regional operations in North America, Europe/Mid-East/Africa , Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Ostrowski is a 10-year Porter Novelli veteran who originally joined the agency’s New York office to head up its health care practice.
 
Stockman, who previously served as chief operating officer for North America, will directly manage the agency’s businesses in the Americas region, which includes the U.S., Canada and Latin America.  He also will oversee the agency’s key accounts.  Stockman joined Copithorne & Bellows in 1995 as a director in the firm’s Silicon Valley office and leader of the Hewlett Packard business, which remains the agency’s largest account.
 
Along with Ostrowski and Stockman, the remainder of the Porter Novelli management team moves ahead intact. Bob Druckenmiller, one of the founders of Porter Novelli, will continue as non-executive chairman, assisting the management team with selected agency initiatives, such as corporate citizenship and senior leadership development.
 
Michael Gehb continues in his role as global chief financial officer.
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