Porter Novelli President Julie Winskie Exits Firm

25-Year Veteran Was Close to Top Clients Like Procter & Gamble, Hewlett-Packard

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After 25 years at Porter Novelli, Julie Winskie, the PR firm's president, is leaving, Ad Age has learned.

Said the Omnicom Group-owned agency in a statement: "Julie Winksie is leaving Porter Novelli to explore other opportunities. We wish her well and will always be grateful for her contributions in helping to shape the firm's foundation."

For years, Ms. Winskie ran the New York office, and she lead global client relations, working with the firm's top clients such as Procter & Gamble and Hewlett-Packard. She is one of the three most senior-level executives at the firm, next to CEO Gary Stockman and global president and CFO Anthony Viceroy, and her departure comes amid a wave of changes in the shop's senior ranks.

It's understood that the firm plans to absorb the role and reallocate Ms. Winskie's responsibilities to members of the executive team. Those team members include New York MD and senior partner Karen van Bergen, who joined the firm last month from Fleishman-Hillard, and CMO Michael Goldberg, who came onboard in October to focus on agency branding and new business.

It will be up to the new and longstanding senior partners and regional managing directors, like Sally Ward in the U.K., Kiki McLean in D.C. and Brad MacAfee in Atlanta, to reignite growth. Last year, the firm also brought on Darlan Monterisi as an EVP leading the HP business.

Over the past year, the firm has cut at least 20 positions and lost a raft of senior-level talent. In October, Gillette, its client of 20 years, dealt a blow to the shop when it announced it would move its account to sibling shop Ketchum.

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