CHICAGO (AdAge.com) -- Cramer-Krasselt has promoted Karen Seamen, general manager of the growing independent network's flagship Chicago office, to the new, network-wide post of chief operating officer.
The move gives Ms. Seamen, 53, day-to-day responsibility over C-K's offices in Milwaukee, New York and Phoenix, in addition to its Chicago headquarters. And while the agency isn't saying as much, it also seems to position her as the likely internal successor to CEO Peter Krivkovich, 63.
The 21-year C-K veteran is already a prominent figure within the Chicago advertising scene, where she sits on the boards of both the local 4A's and the Chicago Advertising Federation.
"While the title of chief operating officer is new to C-K, Karen has increasingly served in that role," Mr. Krivkovich said in a statement. "As C-K continues to grow, it will be Karen's responsibility to promote collaboration across the four offices and help evolve the agency, ensuring we have the right mix of integrated capabilities and business-transforming processes to set C-K apart and keep us on the path to becoming the largest independent in the country."
A key task for Ms. Seamen will be maintaining positive momentum at a shop that has been among the top performing independents in recent years, landing a series of high-profile accounts including Porsche, Sealy, Crocs, and Edward Jones.
Other notable brands handled by the agency include Corona, Rozerem and AirTran.