Copithorne named PN's new global CEO

NEW YORK: Porter Novelli entered a new era this week as Bob

Druckenmiller stepped into the role of chairman and handed over the

day-to-day global operations to Dave Copithorne.

Copithorne will become global CEO effective January 1 next year, at

which point Helen Ostrowski, formerly senior partner with the agency,

will take over as president of North American operations. PN also named

Michael Gehb as CFO, Gary Stockman as COO, and Julie Winskie as general

manager of the New York office.

As chairman, Druckenmiller will act as brand steward and a resource for

the management team. He will also oversee the agency's talent


PN sees these moves as the fruition of a succession plan put in place

two years ago, and the final stage in its effort to create a clearly

branded single entity with a strong practice structure.

Copithorne knows that some outside PN will characterize him as a

"pony-tailed tech guy," but noted his experience managing global growth,

having turned Copithorne & Bellows into an international agency long

before its merger with PN.

He added, "This is not just about me; it's about the whole management

team with their strength across all disciplines." He characterized his

mission for the agency as being about "fighting trim for clients, and

developing the strongest global practice that will win an increasing

share of global business."

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