Porter Novelli's Kiki McLean to Step Down, Move Into Counselor Role

Known For Her Work with Bill and Hillary Clinton

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Catherine McLean
Catherine McLean

Porter Novelli's Catherine "Kiki" McLean, who is best known as a Democratic campaign veteran and for her work with both Bill and Hillary Clinton, is stepping down from her position and moving into a counselor role at the agency.

She is currently a senior partner, managing director and global head of public affairs in the Omnicom shop's D.C. office.

In the new role, which is not full time, Ms. McLean told Ad Age that she will still work with a handful of key clients. The move will go into effect at the end of the month.

"I work for a great company and I'm excited about the fact that I can change my role to suit my needs and still be there for our clients," she said.

The agency has not yet named a replacement.

Ms. McLean joined Porter Novelli in 2009. She's also a player on the campaign circuit and is best known for her work with the Clintons. She served as a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton during the Hillary Clinton 2008 Presidential Campaign, and she's often quoted in the media as a Clinton family friend.

In 2004 she helped develop the vice-presidential-announcement strategy for the John Kerry campaign, according to her bio on Porter Novelli's site. She also served as national press secretary and spokeswoman for Al Gore's presidential campaign, as well as a spokeswoman for Joe Lieberman for the Democratic VP nominee in the 2000 general election.

When asked if her move is in any way related to rumors of a Hillary 2016 campaign, she said, "no" and that "it has nothing to do with Hillary."

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