MILWAUKEE—Four senior executives—Tim Oliver, Linda Wenck, Max Wenck and Janine Whipps—have assumed full ownership of Midwestern independent Morgan&Myers, executing a management succession plan that has been in development since 1997.
The four executives became minority partners in the firm—best known for its work at all points along the food supply chain—in 1997. They have a combined total of 78 years experience at the firm and will share firm management responsibilities with Oliver presiding.
Both Gary Myers, president and CEO, and Carol Knox, executive vice president, will remain of counsel to the firm but will retire from active daily roles. Wayne Dyson will continue as chief financial officer, but will no longer be a minority shareholder.
“The new leadership is incredibly bright, energetic and focused on creating results with fresh ideas. Their keen ag production and consumer insights are the reason why companies like McDonald’s and Altria corporate services count on Morgan&Myers for expertise from pasture-to-plate,” Myers says. “They’ve surrounded themselves with extraordinary talent in the research, digital services and creative disciplines. And, that makes letting go easy when you have such confidence in the next generation.”
President and director of the biotechnology practice, Oliver, will also direct the firm’s digital services team, human resources and information technology operations. He joined Morgan&Myers in 1986 when the firm acquired Freiberg-Frederick Associates, left in 1990 to join the agricultural division of The Upjohn Company as public relations manager and rejoined in 1996. Most recently, he was chief operating officer of the firm’s Milwaukee office.
“Our client-focused culture will remain the same,” Oliver says. “We’re a close member of many of our clients’ teams. They count on us for ideas, solutions and creative approaches to their marketing communications and corporate affairs challenges. We believe supporting our employees’ growth and professional development is critical to our clients’ success.”
Wenck, director of corporate affairs and social responsibility, will assume additional responsibility for employee development and new business efforts for the firm. She joined Morgan&Myers after graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and became president of Morgan&Myers’ Milwaukee office in 1992.
Wenck, will become director of the firm’s agriculture and pasture-to-plate practices. He will also supervise Lou Ann Loeb, who heads the firm’s food, health and nutrition practice and manages the firm’s Minneapolis office.
Whipps will become director of integrated marketing communications. Based in Waterloo, she will continue to direct the firm’s Iowa operations.