Porter Novelli names Propper, Swint to top roles after Omnicom PR reorganization

The appointments follow Thursday's promotion of Karen van Bergen to CEO of the newly formed Omnicom Public Relations Group and Brad MacAfee to CEO of Porter Novelli.

Nick Propper (l) and Jennifer Swint.
Nick Propper (l) and Jennifer Swint.

NEW YORK: Porter Novelli has hired Nick Propper as its global COO and promoted Jennifer Swint to president of North America, the firm said on Friday.

A day earlier, former agency chief executive Karen van Bergen was appointed CEO of the newly formed Omnicom Public Relations Group and former Porter North America regional president Brad MacAfee was named to succeed her as CEO. Former Porter COO Joe Russo is transitioning to the same role at Omnicom PR Group, which is a part of the holding company’s DAS division.

Propper will serve as a high-level strategic counselor for top clients, responsible for driving business growth and overseeing client services, the firm said in a statement. He will report to MacAfee, and will transition from being based in the firm’s London office to working in New York.

Swint will be responsible for talent development, growth, and profitability of Porter offices in the US and Canada, and will continue to lead the firm’s Washington, D.C., office.

Propper was previously president of Emanate, responsible for its global operations, business development, and client stewardship. He has also served as CEO of Emanate London and chief executive of Ketchum London

Prior, Swint was MD at Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C., senior director of regional business development at APCO Worldwide, and president of Nine Dot Strategies. She also previously worked at Powell Tate.

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