NEW YORK: Ketchum Chairman Ray Kotcher is moving to a non-executive chairman role, advising both the agency and parent company Omnicom Group’s Diversified Agency Services unit, effective January 16.
The former Ketchum CEO is also in discussions with Boston University’s College of Communications to join its faculty as a professor. He will also continue to be active in industry and professional groups, the firm said in a statement.
Kotcher noted in the statement that "in 2000, when I became CEO, we had approximately 1,500 colleagues in a dozen countries. Today, we are more than 2,500-strong operating in 74 countries."
Ketchum promoted then-president Rob Flaherty to CEO, succeeding Kotcher, in July 2012, with Kotcher moving to the chairman role at that time. The firm said then that the leadership transition was long-planned.