Goldberg exits Porter Novelli after just six months

NEW YORK: Michael Goldberg has left his post as senior partner and global CMO of Porter Novelli after six months.

NEW YORK: Michael Goldberg has left his post as senior partner and global CMO of Porter Novelli after six months.

Calls to Goldberg's office were met with a voicemail announcing his departure and directing callers to contact Chris Lynch, director of business development at Porter Novelli, for any new business-related enquiries.

Goldberg joined ad agency Deutsch as CMO and partner.

“I just missed [advertising]. I'd spent 20 years in the advertising business,” said Goldberg. “Deutsch has a fantastic culture and I consider it a perfect fit.”

Porter announced Goldberg's hire in October and he started at the Omnicom agency in January. Prior to his time at Porter, he was EVP and CMO of sister Omnicom firm Zimmerman Advertising.

Goldberg led business development and marketing at Porter Novelli, reporting directly to CEO Gary Stockman. He relocated from Florida to New York City to take up the position at the start of this year.

Other additions to Porter's leadership team in the last year include Karen van Bergen, who moved over from sister PR shop Fleishman-Hillard to become senior partner and MD of New York; Sean Smith, past assistant secretary of public affairs at the US Department of Homeland Security who joined as SVP, crisis communications; and Alex Woolfall, who moved from Bell Pottinger to become SVP, corporate reputation, EMEA.

President of the firm Julie Winskie, a 25-year Porter Novelli veteran, left the agency in January. Other departures in 2011 included EVP, global digital director Brad McCormick; director of global health and regulatory Peter Pitts; Joel Johnson, EVP, strategic planning and research; SVP, global digital and PR, David Richeson; EVP, global content director Nick Charles; and EVP, social media, John Havens.

Representatives from Porter Novelli did not immediately return requests for comment.

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