Fleishman succeeds Bang as Cone chief executive

BOSTON: Cone Communications has promoted Bill Fleishman to CEO, replacing Jens Bang, who will serve as chairman of the agency.

BOSTON: Cone Communications has promoted Bill Fleishman to CEO, replacing Jens Bang, who will serve as chairman of the agency.

Fleishman will take on the CEO post in addition to his role as president. He will report to Dale Adams, president and CEO of the Diversified Agency Services unit at parent company Omnicom Group.

Bang has served as Cone's CEO since 2005. He will continue as a board member of the Council of Public Relations Firms.

Fleishman joined Cone in 2000 and was named president three years ago. During his time in the role, he was responsible for key strategic initiatives at the company such as the opening of its New York office and the launch of specialist social media, creative, and entertainment marketing units, the firm said in a statement.

Prior to Cone, Fleishman founded integrated marketing and advertising agency PCF Virtual in Honolulu, HI.

Cone, which reported between $25 million and $50 million in annual revenue for PRWeek's Agency Business Report, reorganized its cause marketing and corporate responsibility offerings into one CSR group focused on ROI last October.

Agency founder Carol Cone appointed Bang to succeed her as CEO and president in March 2005. She also moved to the chairman role at that time.

Fleishman was not available for comment on the move.

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