CHICAGO: After almost a year of going without, Golin/Harris International has a president. Fred Cook, chief client officer since the start of this year, has been named president as well.
The appointment signals a happy chapter in Golin's book: Cook replaces Dave Gilbert, the agency's former president who left last August as a victim of agency cost-cutting.
"We're anxious to put Fred in a position where he can further our commitment to client service," said Rich Jernstedt, CEO. Cook will remain as chief client officer, and will continue to focus on client relationships.
"He's going to be very hands-on in client service and client relationships, developing services, resources, and tools that we need to serve our clients in every way," Jernstedt said.
Cook has spent 17 years with Golin. Before becoming chief client officer, he was regional managing director for the firm's Western region and managing director of its Los Angeles office. He moved to Chicago in June.
As president, Cook will be involved in identifying possible acquisitions for Golin. While the agency has been quiet on that front this year, Jernstedt said it continues to consider acquisitions as one method of growth.
Cook will also be involved in developing practice areas, and finding ways for various offices to work more closely together.
When Gilbert left, Jernstedt began overseeing operations in Chicago, New York, Washington, and Europe that had reported to Gilbert.
Cook will work with Golin offices around the world as part of his responsibilities.