Interpublic Group-owned global comms agency Golin has introduced a CEO team made up of Jonathan Hughes, Matt Neale and Gary Rudnick. Current CEO Fred Cook will become the agency’s chairman.
As chairman, Cook will be responsible for maintaining key client relationships, inspiring Golin employees and helping to drive agency reputation. Hughes, Neale and Rudnick will share chief executive responsibilities, and will report to Cook and Interpublic Group’s CFO, Frank Mergenthaler.
Hughes said: “To lead Golin together is a dream fulfilled. Matt and I built our London office for many years together and over the past four years, the three of us have worked as a close-knit team to support and build our presence in Asia, EMEA and the Americas. This next adventure is sure to be our most challenging and exciting yet.”
Cook added: “Gary, Jon and Matt have worked together as regional presidents for the past four years. Now as CEOs, we will maximise their individual strengths and expertise across the whole of Golin, while continuing to leverage their strong relationship with each other.”
Al Golin will continue in his role as founder and Ellen Ryan Mardiks will continue in her role as vice chairman.
According to Golin, the inspiration for the change in leadership stems from the agency’s 2010 shift from a generalist to a specialist model.
The new leadership structure will come into effect on 1 January, 2017.