Houghton quits after just three weeks as joint MD

Ketchum joint-managing director Richard Houghton has quit, only three weeks after taking the role following Ketchum’s management restructure last month.

Ketchum joint-managing director Richard Houghton has quit, only

three weeks after taking the role following Ketchum’s management

restructure last month.



Houghton joined Ketchum in July 1999 as managing director of the

technology practice. His future plans have not been divulged, other than

that he is to join a rival agency.



Regarding his departure, Houghton said: ’While I’m not a fan of cloak

and dagger behaviour I can’t really give any details now. I got an

opportunity I simply thought was too good to refuse.’



UK CEO James Maxwell said Houghton would not be replaced. Jane Boardman,

the remaining MD, will now run the management board. Richard Aldwinckle,

head of the corporate practice, will take responsibility for the

technology practice, while finance director Mark Hume will look after

the company’s technology infrastructure, which was one of Houghton’s

roles on the management board.



Maxwell said: ’Richard said he was resigning to set up his own business

with one of our competitors. We agreed there was a potential conflict of

interest, so he left the company almost immediately. I was surprised by

the timing, since he accepted the managing director role only three

weeks previously.



Houghton joined Ketchum after three years at Shandwick, where he was

chief executive, corporate, travel and leisure. Prior to that he was at

Fleishman-Hillard, where he was a director.



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