NEW YORK, Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Ketchum, a leading global public relations firm, announced the appointment of Michael M. Chayes, an expert in organizational change, as chief executive officer of its change-management unit, Stromberg Consulting. Dr. Chayes succeeds CEO and founder Gary Stromberg, who left in 2004 after more than 20 years in the position to pursue new ventures. "Michael brings a wealth of consulting expertise in change management that will ensure Stromberg maintains its role as a leading change-management consultancy," said Raymond L. Kotcher, senior partner and CEO of Ketchum. "He will play a key role in further integrating Stromberg's offerings with Ketchum's expertise to help clients achieve the full potential of their brand through public relations and internal change." "This is a tremendous opportunity to expand what Stromberg brings to Ketchum and to work together to create new and innovative client programs," said Dr. Chayes. "I'm excited to lead this practice and build on its already strong record of performance." Since 2002, Dr. Chayes has served as managing principal of Sustained Leadership LLC, of Scarsdale, N.Y., where he provided executive consulting and coaching on large-scale organizational change and organizational- and personal-performance improvement, among other services. During his tenure there, he assisted a $4 billion-a-year energy products-and-services company in the development and introduction of its customer-focused business model. Previously, Dr. Chayes was lead partner, Organization and Change Strategy, Eastern United States, for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, where he created and led a 45-person organizational consulting practice. Among other things, he designed and implemented diverse organizational changes for Fortune 500 clients and created the Organization Performance Model for the global PWC toolkit. From 1988 to 1995, Dr. Chayes served as a senior director of Delta Consulting Group in New York, conducting large-scale organizational change projects for senior Fortune 100 leaders. His responsibilities included coaching senior and executive leaders on strategy execution, change management, team leadership and personal effectiveness. Dr. Chayes holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and psychology from The City College of New York, and a master of science and a doctorate in psychology from the Derner Institute at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y. About Stromberg Acquired by Ketchum in 2001, Stromberg Consulting is focused on helping executives and senior leadership teams design and execute strategic and operational organizational change. Stromberg's integrated portfolio of services includes change planning and implementation, leadership team alignment, organizational communication, business process improvement and designing new organization structure and culture. Stromberg helps companies to align and mobilize all their resources to consistently deliver on their brand promise. About Ketchum An innovator in communication since 1923, Ketchum delivers seamless service around the globe through its 23 offices and 46 affiliates and associates in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. With its five global practice areas, Brand Marketing, Corporate Communications, Healthcare, Food & Nutrition, and Technology, Ketchum offers clients a unique breadth and depth of marketing and corporate communications expertise. A leading global public relations firm and the PRWeek 2002 Agency of the Year, Ketchum is a unit of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC; http://www.omnicomgroup.com). Additional information on Ketchum, its award- winning work, and past press releases can be found at http://www.ketchum.com.
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