He will continue to be based in London and assumes his new role on 1 July. During the transition, Cartwright will continue his current responsibilities as managing director of corporate and public affairs for Ketchum Pleon London while a search is conducted for a successor in that role.
Cartwright joined Ketchum in 2008, having previously managed the UK public affairs teams at Hill & Knowlton and GCI London. He also served as a member of former prime minister Tony Blair's staff at Labour Party headquarters during the 1997 general election.
Ray Kotcher, senior partner and CEO of Ketchum, said: ‘Rod brings an impressive track record in corporate communications, public affairs, and reputation management, nearly two decades of agency management experience, and a true international mindset to this role - essential elements for serving clients in the current global marketplace.
‘Under his leadership, Ketchum will accelerate the creation of a global community of corporate specialists - a community focused on delivering true business value to our clients, as we help them manage reputational risks and capitalize on reputational opportunities.’
Cartwright's promotion is the latest in a series of Ketchum Pleon appointments in London. In February, partner Avril Lee was named CEO of the London office, and European president and senior partner David Gallagher was named chairman in London.