It's safe to say the last couple of years have been turbulent ones at Porter Novelli, with numerous high-profile client losses and senior management departures, culminating last July in the exit of CEO Gary Stockman.
After a stabilizing transitional period under Michael Ramah, Karen van Bergen was elevated from senior partner and MD of the firm's New York office to global CEO in January. Since then, there has been a fresh spirit of optimism around the place, fueled by impressive new hires, client wins, and eye-catching extensions of existing work with the likes of HP.
Van Bergen has mobilized her senior executive team and put a strategic plan in place for the next three years. She claims the agency achieved high single-digit growth in Q1 this year and is looking to turn that promise into a solid annual performance by year end.