CHICAGO—GolinHarris has named Gary Rudnick (pictured) president of the Americas and UK leadership duo Jonathan Hughes and Matt Neale have been appointed presidents, international. The three will report to agency chief executive Fred Cook and will work closely with chairman Al Golin and vice chairman Ellen Ryan Mardiks.
The moves follow the announcement of the firm’s new operating model earlier this year, which was comprehensively analysed by the Holmes Report.
Since joining GolinHarris in 1996, Rudnick has held a number of leadership positions. Most recently, he led the Midwest region; the agency’s digital and interactive media practice Dialogue; and Octagon PR, the agency’s sports marketing partnership with Octagon. During his tenure with GH, Rudnick has also managed strategic relationships with companies such as McDonald’s Corporation, Texas Instruments, Sargento and Tyson Foods.
In his new role, he will be responsible for leading the growth and operations in the US, Canada and Latin America. Rudnick will be succeeded in his Chicago leadership role by Patti Temple-Rocks, who is rejoining the agency after stints at Leo Burnett and Dow Chemical Company.
Hughes and Neale joined the agency together in 2005 from sister agency Weber Shandwick to lead GH’s UK operations. In 2008, they assumed co-leadership of Europe and have since tripled revenue in the UK and have added offices in Paris, Stockholm and Bucharest. Under their leadership, the UK office has been named one of the Best Companies to Work For by the Sunday Times, and named PRCA’s International Consultancy of the Year 2008.
In their new roles, Hughes and Neale will continue to manage the London office and oversee Europe, while adding Asia to their portfolio.
“Jon, Matt and Gary’s list of accomplishments is very impressive,” said Cook. “Matt and Jon have driven our London office into one of the hottest brands in the market, while tripling our revenue. Gary grew our Texas operation into one of our biggest, and then doubled the size of our Chicago headquarters office. I am confident they will continue that same trajectory for the entire agency.”