Rich Cline Named Global Technology Practice Lead
Mindy Gikas Named Global Talent Lead
Paul George Added as Global Health & Wellness Practice Leader
Global Marketing and Business Development Leader Kate Cusick Named to Executive Committee
Porter Novelli, a global public relations leader, recently announced two senior promotions. Rich Cline, senior partner and president of Voce Communications, has been promoted to global technology practice leader and Mindy Gikas, executive vice president and North American talent lead, has been promoted to global talent lead. Additionally, Global Health & Wellness Practice Leader Paul George, and Global Marketing and Business Development Leader Kate Cusick have been added to the agency’s executive committee, effective immediately. Cline, Gikas, George and Cusick will report to Brad MacAfee, global CEO.
Cline co-founded Voce Communications, an integrated marketing shop, in 1999 and has been in the industry for more than two decades. He has acted as strategic counsel for some of the world’s leading technology brands and pioneered the integration of web development, social media and public relations for his clients. In this new role, Cline will lead and direct all technology activities across the Voce and Porter Novelli brands, expand and strengthen services across the globe, ensure client engagement and facilitate excellent collaboration across the entire network. Cline will continue to sit on Porter Novelli’s executive committee.
Gikas joined Porter Novelli in 2013 and has focused on bringing the agency’s talent initiatives to life, including driving a new performance management and talent life cycle approach for the agency. She has also led succession planning and introduced new benefits, compensation and rewards programs. In her new role, Gikas is responsible for making Porter Novelli a best place to work globally, focused on talent recruitment, growth, career planning and novel engagement programs designed to retain and grow top performing talent. She will also sit on Porter Novelli’s executive committee.
“Both Mindy and Rich are true Porter Novelli leaders. Rich has a successful history driving growth for our technology practice and Mindy has been an exceptional talent lead for North America,” said MacAfee. “We are excited to see them thrive in these positions.”
George joined Porter Novelli in 2013 as the head of Porter Novelli’s Health & Wellness Practice in New York; he now leads the practice globally. During the last two years in this role, George has driven record growth by winning new global clients in the areas of pharma, bio-pharma and biotech, government and nonprofit public health and social impact programs, hospitals and health systems and health IT.
Cusick joined Porter Novelli in 2014 to lead business development and marketing. During the last three years, Porter Novelli’s overall new client opportunities have increased and the organization has won larger client engagements while bringing a more integrated approach. Cusick has helped drive Porter Novelli’s overall reputation through a number of thought leadership campaigns, events such as Food 3000 and SXSW Interactive and winning awards for the company’s work, people and culture.
“Paul and Kate’s Executive Committee appointments are fantastic for the organization. We are now bringing practices, new business and marketing into the EC,” said MacAfee.