Hunt Steps Into Counseling Role at Cohn & Wolfe
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Hunt Steps Into Counseling Role at Cohn & Wolfe

Three months after the merger of WPP-owned public relations agencies Cohn & Wolfe and GCI Group, Jeff Hunt, the former CEO of GCI, has made the transition a counseling role with the new firm’s clients from his base in Texas.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Three months after the merger of WPP-owned public relations agencies Cohn & Wolfe and GCI Group, Jeff Hunt, the former CEO of GCI, has made the transition a counseling role with the new firm’s clients from his base in Texas. Geoff Beattie, head of Cohn & Wolfe’s energy practice, will assume Hunt’s responsibility as leader of the agency’s global practices.

 

Hunt says he made a decision earlier this year to “stay closer to my Texas roots,” but adds that he is committed to Cohn & Wolfe “and its vision to build an entrepreneurial enterprise. [Chief executive] Donna [Imperato] is a strong and accomplished leader and the senior team is among the best in the industry. But at this point in my career it’s time to stay in one place for a while. My home and heart are in Texas.”

 

Cohn & Wolfe’s new global practice structure includes both industry and competency practices that work together to bring a wider range of expertise to clients. Global practice leaders include: Geoff Beattie, energy; Steve Bonsignore, sports marketing; Claudia Carasso, technology; Annie Longsworth, sustainability; Bill Martin, healthcare; Michael O’Brien, consumer; Joe Rutledge, corporate; Melissa Schumer, entertainment; and Paul Walker, digital media.

 

Cohn & Wolfe will not be filling the role of president.

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