NEW YORK—Hollis Rafkin-Sax, a veteran of the financial and corporate communications business and most recently global head of the financial practice at Edelman and founder of its corporate governance advisory practice, has joined Financial Dynamics as vice chairman of the company’s U.S. operations.
In her new role, Rafkin-Sax will work closely with Declan Kelly, president and CEO of Financial Dynamics in the United States, and with the company’s senior management team, in further expanding the U.K.-based, employee-owned company’s presence in the U.S. marketplace. Her responsibilities will include senior client counsel and business development, and she will serve as a member of board and the company’s operating committee.
Says Kelly, “As one of the most experienced and respected practitioners in the business, Hollis is a superb addition to our senior management team here in the U.S. and the FD network as a whole.”
Rafkin-Sax joins the senior management team of Financial Dynamics three months after it completed a buy-out of its business from Cordiant, with the support of private equity partner, Advent International. As a result of the buyout, FD is in a unique position as an independent, management-owned, global agency focused exclusively on business communications, with expertise in corporate communications, investor relations, media relations, transaction communications, crisis communications and design.
Rafkin-Sax is the second senior level executive to join the firm in recent weeks, after former UBS Investment Bank exec Amy Rosenberg was named senior vice president.
Prior to joining Edelman, Rafkin-Sax ran her own communications advisory firm, Chatsworth Group, and earlier held senior executive positions with Gavin Anderson & Company and Ogilvy Adams &Rinehart. She began her career with Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, where she was responsible for legislative and regulatory initiatives and lobbying efforts.
Richard Mahony, executive vice president and deputy general manager will serve as interim head of the practice working closely with New York managing director Matt Harrington. Mahoney joined the firm in 2001 from JP Morgan. Says Harrington, “For more than four years Holli has given Edelman her considerable leadership talents and built a first class financial operation that has been recognized in the industry as such. Importantly Holli has assembled a deep bench of professionals and therefore leaves behind a strong operation.”