Ketchum’s Ray Kotcher to Transition to Non-Executive Chairman Role
Ketchum Chairman Ray Kotcher will transition to a non-executive chairman role, remaining connected to Ketchum and Omnicom’s DAS Group of Companies and consulting to both beginning January 16. He will continue to be active in industry and professional organizations. In addition, he is in final discussions with Boston University’s College of Communication to join the faculty as Professor of the Practice, combining his passion for the PR industry with his love of mentoring and teaching.
Regarding his transition, Kotcher said: “As I have been preparing for this transition, I’ve been proudly reflecting on how far we’ve come as an agency. In 2000, when I became CEO, we had approximately 1,500 colleagues in a dozen countries. Today, we are more than 2,500 strong operating in 74 countries. In the years between we’ve had some amazing accomplishments and today Ketchum is one of the industry’s largest and most global firms. It has been a privilege to serve our people, clients and agency and I look forward to what is to come. Ketchum is an incredible place that will continue to play a lead role in shaping the world of communications."
Ketchum CEO Rob Flaherty remarked: "For as long as I have known him, Ray has been a passionate advocate of the agency, as well as the industry. In the more than three decades since first coming to Ketchum, Ray has played a vital role and made an indelible mark on the agency. He has been a mentor and a valued friend, and we wish him every success as he embarks on this exciting new path.”
Read more about Ray's transition in The Holmes Report.
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