NEW YORK—Citigate Sard Verbinnen has named Brad Wilks, former head of the Chicago office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, as a managing director and CEO of its Chicago office. Ron Culp, who established the office in 2003, will continue as chairman. And Debbie Miller, a principal and 10-year veteran of the New York office, will be relocating to Chicago.
Says George Sard, chairman and CEO of the financial and corporate communications specialist, “In nearly two years of operation, Ron and the Chicago team have established a strong presence in the market, and we’re excited by the opportunity to build on that solid foundation. With nearly 20 years of agency and corporate experience in both public and investor relations, Brad Wilks is the ideal candidate to lead our Chicago practice in its next phase of growth.”
Sard and Wilks worked together at the old Ogilvy Adams & Rinehart in the 80s.
Before joining Citigate Sard Verbinnen, Wilks served as managing director and head of the Chicago office of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide for six years. He has experience in areas including strategic positioning and reputation management, investor road show development, crisis communications, annual report writing, IPOs, spin-offs and corporate restructuring communications.
Prior to joining Ogilvy, Wilks headed the investor relations and technology practices for Fleishman-Hillard, Chicago. Before joining Fleishman-Hillard, he was head of investor relations for Ball Corporation for six years.
Culp joined Citigate Sard Verbinnen in July 2003 when the firm opened its Chicago office. Previously, he had been senior vice president, public relations and government affairs at Sears Roebuck and executive director of corporate relations for Sara Lee Corporation.