Ray Kotcher ends three-year run as Ketchum chairman

The agency's former CEO is transitioning to a non-executive role counseling both Ketchum and Omnicom's DAS unit.

Outgoing Ketchum CEO Ray Kotcher
Outgoing Ketchum CEO Ray Kotcher

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.

Kotcher joined Ketchum in 1983, was named president in 1992, and appointed CEO in 2000. He led the merger of Ketchum and Pleon in Europe in 2009.

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