NEW YORK: Ketchum has hired former Citigate Sard Verbinnen MD Ron Culp as SVP and managing director of its Midwest operations, effective September 18
In this capacity, Culp will oversee Ketchum's Chicago and Pittsburgh offices and serve as a global corporate strategist. He succeeds J. Adaire Putnam, partner and director of Midwest, who is leaving Ketchum at the end of the year for personal reasons.
At Citigate Sard Verbinnen, Culp established the agency's Chicago office and served as MD and chairman. He also served as SVP of PR, government affairs, communications, and community relations for Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 10 years.
In related news, Ketchum named Ted McDougal as SVP and director of Ketchum Midwest's corporate practice. He was previously VP of PR for Sears Holdings Corp., a combination of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Holding Corp.