NEW YORK—Broadgate Consultants, the strategic communications counseling unit of proxy solicitation firm D.F. King & Co., has named Alexander Leventhal chief executive officer. He succeeds founder Thomas Franco, who has left to become a partner at one of Broadgate’s longstanding clients, private equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. Franco will remain as chairman emeritus of Broadgate.
Before joining Broadgate, Leventhal served in the president’s office of D.F. King, advising on growth and acquisition strategies for the 64-year-old Wall Street firm and counseling clients involved in corporate control contests, including Deutsche Börse on its hostile bid for London Stock Exchange, Havas on its takeover defense, and MONY Group on a contested bid from AXA Financial. Earlier, Leventhal advised clients on business strategy and process redesign at Andersen Consulting.