Bill McIntyre to exit Ketchum DC next month

Kathy Jeavons, former partner and associate director in the Washington office and director of the corporate and public affairs practice, left the firm in September.

WASHINGTON: Ketchum director Bill McIntyre is set to leave the firm on December 1 after a year in the role.

The agency appointed Jerry Olszewski, senior partner and agency chief client officer as MD of the Washington office about three months ago, said Ketchum senior partner and CEO of North America Barri Rafferty.

"[He] knows the market inside and out," she said.

Olszewski will continue to report to Rob Flaherty, Ketchum senior partner, CEO, and president, as chief client officer and to Rafferty as Washington office MD.

Rafferty said McIntyre is "joining an international public affairs group as a senior director," but did not elaborate further.

"He came into our culture and added a lot value," she said, adding that Ketchum will begin looking for a new director for the Washington office in 2016.

McIntyre joined Ketchum last December as leader of its DC operations after serving as EVP and group head of Edelman’s Washington office. Previously, he served in various leadership roles at Grassroots Enterprise, culminating in a stint as CEO. Edelman bought the firm in 2009.

Earlier in his career, McIntyre was the head spokesman for the National Rifle Association and a journalist.

Kathy Jeavons, former partner and associate director in the Washington office and director of the corporate and public affairs practice, left the firm in September, Rafferty confirmed. The practice’s senior staffers have stepped up to lead the unit since then, she added.

The firm is considering "what kind of expertise we want to really grow that practice," said Rafferty.  

McIntyre was not immediately available for comment.

Earlier this week, Ketchum subsidiary Capstrat said longtime president Karen Albritton will move into the CEO role at the start of next year, replacing founder and CEO Ken Eudy, who will become chairman.

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