IPG's Krakowsky receives promotion

NEW YORK: The Interpublic Group has promoted Philippe Krakowsky, its longtime SVP and director of corporate communications, to EVP, strategy and corporate relations.

NEW YORK: The Interpublic Group has promoted Philippe Krakowsky, its longtime SVP and director of corporate communications, to EVP, strategy and corporate relations.

Additionally, Ron Sugarman, svp and director of Interpublic's Center of Marketing Intelligence (CMI), who joined Interpublic Group in 1962, has retired, effective December 31.  Robin Feuerstein, currently vp, and director of information services for CMI will succeed him.

The holding company also announced the promotion of Stephen Gatfield, former EVP of global operations and innovation, to EVP, strategy and network operations. 

In a statement, IPG CEO Michael Roth said, "Along with our recently appointed Chief Financial Officer and Chief Growth Officer, as well as our Chief Human Resources Officer, today's moves fill out our senior corporate team."

Of the 43-year-old Krakowsky's new role, Roth's statement said "He will continue to lead our positioning and outreach to all internal and external audiences, as well as providing strategic counsel to the corporate team and operating unit management."

No mention was made of who might take over Krakowsky's old position. Krakowsky was not immediately available for comment.

His role as the chief communicator for IPG, which has faced internal accounting problems and client losses over the past year, is widely viewed as one of the most challenging jobs in the corporate communications world.

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