SANTA MONICA, CA: FleishmanHillard's Gerard Carney has departed to join Guggenheim Partners as MD and media strategist.
Carney will step into the newly created role on September 7, and will be based in Santa Monica, California. Reporting to Guggenheim head of corporate communications Anthony Lacavaro, Carney will also work closely with Scott Minerd, Guggenheim’s chief investment officer.
Carney is charged with creating visibility for the Guggenheim brand and communicating the firm’s views on macroeconomics and financial markets.
"Overall, the company continues to grow into a top performing investment management firm, but people need to be more familiar with the brand," said Carney. "I am excited to join a team of both financial and communications professionals and looking forward to driving home the perspective of this world class organization on behalf of their clients."
Most recently, Carney was an SVP and senior partner at Fleishman, where he worked for nearly nine years, leading the firm’s financial and professional services practice on a global basis.
Carney said he left Fleishman "on great terms."
Stephanie Marchesi, senior partner, CMO, and MD of global client relations at Fleishman, said Carney’s contributions are greatly appreciated by the firm.
"We wish him well as he takes on an exciting new role in-house," she added.
In terms of Carney’s replacement, Fleishman is "taking its time" to explore various options, including internal and external candidates, said Marchesi.
Previously, Carney served as communications director for the Financial Accounting Standards Board, director of financial communications for Gavin Anderson & Company, and VP at Powell Tate.
Fleishman lost another top executive last month. Guillaume Herbette, who served as the firm’s global vice chairman of operations, took over the dual role of MSLGroup CEO and EVP of Publicis Worldwide last month. He succeeded Olivier Fleurot as MSLGroup’s chief executive. Fleurot, meanwhile, stepped into an SVP role at Publicis Groupe.