MUNICH—Ketchum Pleon has completed its merger in Germany with the integration of its businesses in Munich, where Ketchum had its own German office prior to the combination with Omnicom-owned sister agency Pleon.
The merged firm has made three new senior management appointments. Simone Hoch, partner and formerly head of Pleon’s Munich office, has been named managing partner of the merged operation in Munich. Sabine Stadel-Strauch, partner and formerly CEO of Ketchum’s Munich office, has been promoted to a newly created role as head of European client service, Ketchum Pleon. And Petra Sammer, partner and formerly managing and creative director of Ketchum Germany, has been promoted to chief creative officer for Ketchum Pleon Germany.
In her new role, Hoch is responsible for client satisfaction and the overall growth and business development of the office. She will report to Ketchum Pleon Germany’s executive board. Stadel-Strauch will work closely with Hoch on transitioning employees and clients to the newly integrated operation before taking on her expanded European client service role, in which she will be responsible for client satisfaction, growth, and retention. She will report to senior partner and president of Ketchum Pleon Europe, David Gallagher.
As chief creative officer, Sammer will shape Ketchum Pleon’s approach to harnessing the talents from within the consultancy’s creative culture to meet emergent client needs.
Ketchum Pleon will operate alongside Emanate, an Omnicom and Diversified Agency Services brand, which is entering the market with some of the former Ketchum and Pleon employees.