SAN FRANCISCO: Fleishman-Hillard has named Curt Kundred as West Coast president. He will oversee the San Francisco, LA, Portland, San Diego, and Sacramento offices.
Kundred, who is a senior partner and GM of the San Francisco office, fills a position that has been empty since Doug Michelman left Fleishman to join Visa USA as EVP of corporate communications at the beginning of this year.
"Each of these offices has done a good job of keeping it together during the downturn," said Kundred. "And now we're in a good position to grow. I want to make sure we're seen as providing a full-service offering on the West Coast, and not just tied to specialties such as entertainment, technology, or public affairs. I want to make sure we provide a well-rounded offering."
Kundred said he anticipates corporate services as the office's biggest growth area, including IR, crisis counseling, and reputation strategy. But he also sees strength in practice areas such as public affairs, consumer, and technology in 2004.