NEW YORK—Omnicom-owned Porter Novelli has named Gary Stockman chief executive officer and Julie Winskie and Jean Wyllie presidents. Current CEO Helen Ostrowski, who has led Porter Novelli for the past five years, will become the agency’s chairman. Michael Gehb will continue as the firm’s CFO.
The appointments are part of a long-planned leadership succession at the agency and became effective January 1.
“I am very confident about this next evolution of the agency’s leadership and our future,” Ostrowski said an announcement to agency staff. “Porter Novelli is well positioned for tremendous success at a time when clients are asking for more of what the public relations discipline can deliver.”
According to Thomas Harrison, chairman and chief executive of Omnicom’s Diversified Agency Services unit—of which Porter Novelli is a part: “This is an entrepreneurial agency that is re-imagining how public relations can best deliver against client needs for relevance and relationships with their audiences. Now is the time to tell the market more about their point of view.”
As CEO, Stockman will have overall responsibility for the agency’s success. He previously served as Porter Novelli’s president and during his 12-year tenure has held a number of other positions, including chief operating officer.
Winskie will become Porter Novelli’s Americas president and will continue in her role as chief client officer, working closely with many of the agency’s global clients and teams. As president of Porter Novelli’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, Wylli also will continue as the agency’s chief invention officer, leading Porter Novelli’s efforts in digital and social media.
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