Communications firm Ketchum is ringing in the changes for New Year after confirming that London chief executive Denise Kauffmann is to return to the US in order to become director of client development. In tandem with this move Jo-ann Robertson, partner and deputy chief executive of Ketchum London, will be promoted to chief executive.
Kaufmann has served as the face of Ketchum’s London office since 2013, spearheading adoption of an integrated approach which has since been adopted across the business but will now return to Chicago where her Ketchum career first began 20 years ago.
Here Kaufmann will work with client directors from across North America to improve client engagements and facilitate borderless growth. For her part Robertson will assume responsibility for all day-to-day operations of the London office, securing existing talent and broadening the offices expertise.
Barri Rafferty, Ketchum partner and president, said: “Together, Denise and Jo-ann have made a powerhouse team for one of our largest and most successful offices. I am confident that the office will continue to thrive under Jo-ann’s leadership as Denise returns to her U.S. roots to focus on the client experience in our largest and most critical region.”
Both positions will become effective from January 2018.