McLean to step down from DC GM post at Porter Novelli

WASHINGTON: Catherine "Kiki" McLean, GM of Porter Novelli's Washington office, is set to step down from her position at the end of this month.

WASHINGTON: Catherine "Kiki" McLean, GM of Porter Novelli's Washington office, is set to step down from her position at the end of this month.

In addition to GM, she is a senior partner and global head of public affairs at the Omnicom Group agency.

McLean will move into a part-time counselor role at the firm at the end of this month. Porter is searching for her successor, with staffers filling in until one is found, she confirmed.

McLean joined the firm in 2009, following a stint at Dewey Square Group, where she served as a partner. She also served as a senior adviser to then-Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) during her 2008 campaign for president and helped to develop the vice presidential candidate announcement strategy during former Sen. John Kerry's (D-MA) presidential campaign.

McLean also worked for former Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign, serving as a spokesperson for vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) during the 2000 election.

Porter has seen a number of high-level personnel moves in the past year. Last December, Karen van Bergen was named the agency's CEO, replacing Gary Stockman, who stepped down from the role last July. It named EVP Darlan Monterisi MD of its New York office, replacing van Bergen, a month later.

The agency also named Helen Nowicka digital EVP and head of the digital and social media practice in Washington and appointed Paul George global director of health last December.  

Just over a year ago, Porter's DC office faced scrutiny from Capitol Hill after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hired the firm for an eight-figure account to promote parts of the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier this year, the IRS cancelled its search for an agency to help it with PR, marketing, and advertising. The five-year contract was estimated to be worth $15 million. Porter was the incumbent on the account and was in the running for the new pact.

The public affairs practice has also won several high-profile public-sector accounts in the past year. Last fall, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services gave it an $11 million account to launch a national multimedia advertising and public education campaign about the annual Medicare enrollment period targeting beneficiaries and caregivers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also awarded the practice a contract for sexually transmitted disease awareness.

Earlier this month, Georgia's State Road and Tollway Authority awarded Porter a multi-million-dollar contract to support various state agency programs.

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