NEW YORK: David Drobis, Ketchum chairman and senior partner, will retire at the end of this month, marking the end of a 36-year run at the agency.
During a rise from account executive to CEO, a position he gave up in 2000, Drobis was part of Ketchum's growth from a single office in Pittsburgh to its current status as one of the world's largest global PR networks. He's also seen the profession's role within organizations evolve dramatically, he said in an interview last week.
"I think it's a much better business today than when I went into it," he said. "It's certainly a much more substantial profession. The potential for people in this profession is enormous."
Drobis, who is the outgoing president of the Arthur W. Page Society and is involved in a number of other industry organizations, joined Ketchum in 1967, after a stint working in community and government relations in the Washington, DC area.
In retirement, he'll take on the title of chairman emeritus and will consult for the agency. Drobis will also lecture on management at the agency's training program, Ketchum College.