NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has appointed Mindy Gikas as EVP and leader of North American talent.
Gikas, who previously served as SVP of HR and recruiting at Ruder Finn, reports to Joseph Russo, COO of Porter. She began working at the Omnicom Group firm on June 10.
Gikas' responsibilities include performance management, career planning, and leading employee engagement practices across North America.
“As you think about the agency and the service business, talent is our currency,” said Gikas. “We want to put a premium on the talent.”
During her three-and-a-half-year stint at RF, Gikas led the agency's HR efforts across the US, including talent-acquisition and development, employee relations, employment practices, and leadership counsel.
Prior to RF, Gikas worked at Ogilvy Public Relations for more than nine years, serving as MD of HR before leaving the firm. She also held HR positions at Ergo Science Development, Prime Hospitality, and Driscoll Associates.