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Roll Call: Havas Worldwide, BBDO, Cookerly Public Relations, and More

Havas Worldwide announced the appointment of Tim Maleeny as chief strategy officer, Havas Worldwide New York, where he will be responsible for all aspects of strategy at the New York flagship agency. In addition, Tim will share the North American chief strategy officer responsibilities with James Lou, who is chief strategy officer of Havas Worldwide Chicago. Maleeny is one of the industry’s leading strategic thinkers, running the largest planning department in the country as head of strategic planning at Ogilvy New York before joining Havas Worldwide. In his new role, he will be overseeing the New York strategy department. Maleeny will also serve on the New York agency’s executive committee. (Release)

Nearly three years after joining up with BBDO New York as executive vice president/group planning director on the AT&T account, Jeff Kenyon has been appointed head of planning for the agency. Kenyon joined BBDO after serving as group planning director at Ogilvy on campaigns including IBM’s “Smarter Planet” and “My Life, My Card” for American Express. (AgencySpy)

Cookerly Public Relations recently welcomed Keith Bowermaster as vice president. Bowermaster joins Cookerly with more than 20 years of success in healthcare, non-profit, educational and agency communications. He has served as a vital member of senior-level teams responsible for creating and implementing communications and marketing plans to audiences on a local, national and global level. As vice president, Bowermaster will be responsible for issues management, media relations and marketing communications for clients in healthcare, technology and financial services, among other industries.Prior to joining Cookerly, Bowermaster served as director of public relations for WellStar Health System, the largest not-for-profit health system in Georgia. (Release) Read more

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Porter Novelli Names Karen Van Bergen CEO

Global PR leader Porter Novelli will make big changes in the New Year: Parent company Diversified Agency Services (DAS) just announced that Karen Van Bergen will serve as CEO, effective January 1st, 2013.

The position had been filled on an interim basis over the past six months by Michael Ramah, who will continue to serve as a member of Van Bergen’s New York-based executive committee.

Van Bergen moves into her new position as a veteran highly regarded by clients and peers within the industry. DAS president and CEO Dale Adams said: “Her innovative leadership style is one that prizes collaboration above all else, empowering teams to draw from the best possible resources – regardless of level or location – to deliver creative, business-building programs for clients.”

Just over a year ago, Van Bergen joined the agency as senior partner and managing director. Prior to accepting that role, Van Bergen spent three years working in an Amsterdam-based position as senior vice president/senior partner at Fleishmann-Hillard and global leader for OneVoice, an integrated offering serving Phillips Electronics under the Omnicom umbrella.

In other Porter Novelli news, Adam Snyder will join the firm as vice president of strategic planning. Snyder previously worked as digital and social strategy lead at Havas Worldwide.

Havas Chief Talks About Uncertainty of U.S. Economy, Growth in Other Regions

Havas Worldwide chief executive David Jones told Dow Jones Newswires that while uncertainty about the U.S. economy exists, he doesn’t expect a double-dip recession.

“I think there is more uncertainty than optimism out there now,” he told reporter Ruth Bender.

Still, he says he’s seeing growth in Latin America and Asia, and the company is still interested in acquisitions to grow revenue in digital, healthcare, and emerging markets.

“We have the funds and the resources to make acquisitions and we will do and continue to do them. But there hasn’t been a major step change in the business where we are going from a year of battening down the hatches to a buying frenzy,” he said.

According to the article, Havas chairman Vincent Bollore has talked about the need for acquisitions in order to generate growth, and has made 1.5 million Euros available for acquisitions.