NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- FIRST, a leading global events agency operating from offices in New York, Los Angeles, London and Singapore, announced today that Patrick Keane has been named Chief Operating Officer.
As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Keane will lead delivery of FIRST's expanded managed services. He will report to the CEO, Americas, Maureen Ryan-Fable, and will be an integral part of the agency's executive leadership team.
"Pat's exceptional skills and industry expertise will be pivotal in helping FIRST continue to expand its services and clients," said Ryan-Fable, FIRST CEO, Americas. "We have known and worked with him over many years and he is an experienced and trusted leader. I am confident that with Pat as Chief Operating Officer we will be able to harness his unique skills to continue to build the FIRST reputation for operational excellence and tap into new technologies and procedures that will propel us forward."
Mr. Keane added, "I'm excited to join the talented group already in place at FIRST. I've watched the agency's impressive trajectory and I look forward to helping continue to deliver world-class events for our clients."
Mr. Keane's experience is rooted in the financial services industry. Following six years at Carlson Marketing where he coordinated onsite operations for global meetings, events and conferences, including three Olympic Games, Mr. Keane spent 10 years with Morgan Stanley in a variety of corporate event positions. Most recently, Mr. Keane served as a Director in Meeting Management & Event Strategy at Liberty Mutual Insurance. He also sits on a number of executive advisory boards for major hotel brands and industry associations.
The addition of Mr. Keane is the latest business announcement in what has been an outstanding year of growth and development for FIRST, which, prior to a rebrand in August, was known as First Protocol. In May, FIRST named Barry Richards as the President of the firm's expanded managed services division, based in New York. Shortly after, FIRST acquired Barkley Kalpak Agency (BKA) and appointed Jeff Kalpak as President, Americas. The acquisition further affirmed FIRST as one of the leading global events agencies and enhanced its client portfolio in several key industries and service areas.
FIRST provides world-class event delivery, creative development and technical production for a wide range of clients and international brands. 180-plus employees are based out of offices in New York, London, Los Angeles and Singapore. FIRST clients span many industries including financial services, aerospace, consumer electronics, technology, medical and healthcare, automotive, media and the non-profit sector. Event Marketer Magazine listed FIRST among their "Top 100 Event Agencies" for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and one of 2015's "Best Places to Work in Events". We've also been recognized by Crain's New York Business as one of the Top 100 "Best Places to Work in NYC" for 2013, 2014 and 2015. For more information, please visit: www.firstagency.com.
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