PBN founders to focus on integrating Russian agency into Hill+Knowlton network

The founders of PBN, the Russian agency that WPP last year took a majority stake in and merged with Hill+Knowlton Strategies, are making way for a new CEO of the agency.

PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies specialises in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the CIS.

Peter Necarsulmer, currently CEO and chairman, is to become executive chairman, while Susan Thurman, president, is to become vice-chair and senior adviser. They are to focus on the agency's clients and its integration with H+K's global network of 89 offices in 52 countries.

Myron Waslyk, already a partner and shareholder in the firm, will become CEO in January having previously established and then directed the company’s successful Ukraine office.

Oksana Monastyrska, a 16-year veteran of the company, will become vice president and MD of the Ukraine operations, while senior counselor Philip Griffin will become director of government relations in Ukraine.

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