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
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.