Gary Stockman to Step Down July 31, Michael Ramah Will Assume Role of Acting CEO
Porter Novelli CEO Gary Stockman has announced his intention to step down from his position, effective July 31. Stockman has served as CEO since January 2008.
“For more than a decade I’ve been committed to the transformation Porter Novelli leads for our clients every day. After nearly five years as CEO, it’s time for a new experience,” said Stockman.
Stockman was an executive with the technology communications firm Copithorne and Bellows when it merged with Porter Novelli in January 2000, and he co-led the integration of the two companies. A focus on reputation management in the digital age, industry-leading analytics capabilities and Porter Novelli’s brand grounded in delivering insight-driven, transformational change have marked his tenure.
“Gary has played a critical role in the development of Porter Novelli’s future. His commitment to the value of public relations in a modern world of communications is unparalleled. We wish him all the best,” said Dale A. Adams, CEO of Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group. “The Porter Novelli history and its future make it a valued member of the Omnicom family and we will fully support the leadership transition and appointment of a new chief executive officer.”
Michael Ramah, global director of strategy and a 25-year Porter Novelli veteran, will work with Stockman during the transition and assume the duties of acting CEO on Stockman’s departure. Ramah has served in both the New York and Washington offices and led the development of the company’s Global Strategic Planning and Research practice.