NEW YORK: After five years at Ketchum, Ron Culp has stepped down as partner and director of the firm's North America corporate practice to pursue other opportunities.
"Beginning this summer, I will spend my time consulting with a select group of clients, including Ketchum, while continuing to teach and serve as a career coach," Culp said.
This past March, Ketchum named Rod Cartwright as a director of the global corporate practice, and he will assume the role in the fall. Melissa Kinch, associate director of North America corporate practice, will work alongside Cartwright to lead the region.
Culp also served as MD of Ketchum's Midwest operations. According to the agency, there are no plans to fill the role, as Bill Zucker remains the current director of Ketchum Midwest.
“Ron has been a great contributor to Ketchum,” said Ray Kotcher, senior partner and CEO at Ketchum. “In particular, his passion for identifying and developing great talent has been of immense benefit to our clients, the agency and the industry overall. We wish him well in his pursuit of this passion, and are so pleased that we will continue to work with Ron and support him in this regard, among many others.”
Culp is a 35-year veteran of the industry, having served as MD of the Chicago office of Sard Verbinnen and Company, and SVP of PR and government affairs for Sears, Roebuck and Co. He has also worked in various communications roles at Sara Lee, Pitney Bowes, and Eli Lilly.
Last week, Nick Ragone was promoted to director of the Ketchum's Washington, DC, office. He previously served as associate director and head of corporate in New York.