Omnicom hires J&J's Dnistrian as DAS PR COO

NEW YORK: Former Johnson & Johnson supply chain communications VP Stephen Dnistrian has joined Omnicom Group as COO for public relations in its Diversified Agency Services unit.

NEW YORK: Former Johnson & Johnson supply chain communications VP Stephen Dnistrian has joined Omnicom Group as COO for public relations in its Diversified Agency Services unit.

The DAS group includes Omnicom's PR firms, such as FleishmanHillard, Ketchum, Porter Novelli, and Marina Maher Communications.

In the newly created role, Dnistrian is working with the holding company's PR firms on shared objectives and to drive growth aspirations, said a holding company spokesperson. His responsibilities include managing collaboration among the PR firms, leveraging best practices, and identifying operational efficiencies, the spokesperson confirmed. He is reporting to DAS president John Doolittle.

Dnistrian joined the New York-based holding company in June, according to his LinkedIn profile. He had served as VP of supply chain communications at J&J starting in May 2010. He worked at the healthcare products company for seven years.

Omnicom reshuffled the top ranks of its DAS division in April, naming president and CEO Dale Adams chairman and CEO and assigning then-CFO Doolittle the role of president. Adams reports to Omnicom president and CEO John Wren. Former DAS chairman Thomas Harrison transitioned to chairman emeritus in March.

Dnistrian's former company, Johnson & Johnson, named Cigna CCO Maggie FitzPatrick as its communications leader on Wednesday, effective September 16. She will serve as the healthcare company's CCO and VP of public affairs and corporate communication, reporting to Michael Sneed, VP of global corporate affairs. The role was vacant for more than 10 months after longtime J&J communications leader Ray Jordan left the company to move to Amgen last September, where he serves as SVP of corporate affairs.  

Omnicom is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings Thursday morning. In the first quarter, its PR agencies reported $318.4 million in revenue, up 1.9% organically compared with the previous year. The holding company's PR shops accounted for 9.4% of its total sales in the quarter, compared with 48.6% for advertising and 34.5% for CRM. Overall, the company saw $3.4 billion in revenue in Q1. Net income was up slightly to $205.1 million.

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