SAN FRANCISCO: Edelman San Francisco GM Michael Kuczkowski has stepped down, with Kristine Boyden taking over his role in the interim.
Boyden replaced Kuczkowski, who had been GM since May 2012, in the position effective November 21. She is continuing in her prior role, leading the firm's US client relationship-management program. Previously, she served as Edelman's EVP and global client-relationship manager for HP.
Boyden is reporting to US COO Julianna Richter, who has overseen the firm's Western region since Curt Kundred, former president of Edelman's US Western region, stepped down in March. She is leading operations, financial management, client service, staffing, business growth, and overall business direction for the firm's San Francisco operation.
Edelman expects to have a GM named and in place in the next few months, and it is looking internally and externally, according to Richter.
“We have incredibly strong candidates that we have identified already,” she said. “It is just about finding the right person in line with our aspirational goals for growth.”
Kuczkowski was president of Edelman Consulting in New York before moving to San Francisco for the GM role. Previously, he was global client-relationship manager for the Pfizer account. Kuczkowski had worked at Edelman since 2002.
Richter declined to disclose the reason Kuczkowski left or if he departed for another role.
Earlier this month, Edelman appointed Gail Becker, chair of Canada, Latin America, and the US Western region, as president of strategic partnerships and global integration. It also named Jeremy Tunis as VP of its Los Angeles public affairs practice and tapped Glenn Engler as global chief of staff and director of corporate strategy.
This story was updated on December 12 to correct Edelman's Western Region reporting structure. Boyden reports to Julianna Richter, US COO. We regret the error.