SAN FRANCISCO—Doug Kinzley, director of the San Francisco office of Ketchum, is leaving to become head of marketing and sales for Kneedler-Fauchere, a 55-year old, $60 million company that provides high end furniture, fabrics, wall coverings, lighting and accessories to interior designers, architects and hotels. In addition to taking responsibility for sales and marketing, Kinzley will oversee some of the company’s business operations.
Sean Fitzgerald, managing director of Ketchum’s western region, will take responsibility for day-to-day management of the Bay Area office while the firm searches for a replacement. Fitzgerald had led the Los Angeles office before taking up his current position. He will be supported by associate directors David Weiskopf and Deanne Yamamoto.
Kinzley took over as head of the San Francisco office in March of 2002, following the departure of Dave Samson to head international communications at Oracle. He had joined the firm a year earlier from Denver-based MGA Communications.
“I’m going because I want the equity and growth opportunity Kneeder-Fauchere offers me, since it is privately held,” says Kinzley. “I love Ketchum. I think it is the best agency to be part of. I wouldn’t leave it unless I was leaving the PR business. It was a hard decision, but one that has my creative juices flowing.”
Ketchum, meanwhile, credited Kinzley with supporting the growth of its west coast technology practice, and developing strong relationships with west coast clients such as Bank One Card Services, California Dried Plums, Clorox Company and Medtronic.
Kneedler-Fauchere was recently named the number two showroom in the U.S. by House & Garden magazine in its Best of the Best Issue.