Chicago PR Veteran Rich Jernstedt To Counsel With Porter Novelli

Jul 10, 2012, 09:40 ET from Porter Novelli

NEW YORK, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global public relations leader Porter Novelli is pleased to announce the appointment of Rich Jernstedt as a senior counselor in the agency's Chicago office.

In this position, Jernstedt will work closely with the agency's local team to provide counsel to existing clients and drive new business opportunities, working in close cooperation with the global Porter Novelli network. 

"Rich will bring strategic depth, a significant understanding of our business and a real record of leadership to our operation in Chicago," said Porter Novelli Acting CEO Michael Ramah. "He is a powerful talent who will make an immediate impact on our business and our plans for market growth.  Any team in the communications industry would be thrilled to have Rich join its roster."

Jernstedt is recognized for his significant record of communications achievements and leadership. A year ago, he launched his own consulting practice, The Jernstedt Company.  Prior to that he was an EVP and senior partner at Fleishman-Hillard and has consulted with the firm during the last year.  Before that he spent 26 years with GolinHarris, playing an integral role in the firm's growth from a local Chicago agency to an international leader through client development, new business and acquisition. He was CEO for 12 years and later appointed chairman

"Porter Novelli's commitment to transformation explains its 40-year record of making a difference for clients," Jernstedt said. "In my part-time role, I'm looking forward to contributing to that effort. The chance to integrate my experience with the firm's impressive history is a terrific opportunity."

Jernstedt has been a board member of the Institute for Public Relations and The Arthur W. Page Society. He is a founding member of the board and former chairman of the Council of Public Relations Firms. He is a member of the American Brands Council and serves with Chicago area senior executives on the Business Leadership Group of workforceChicago, and the boards of Off the Street Club and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

A native Oregonian, Jernstedt is a graduate of the Journalism School at the University of Oregon. He served on the University's Board of Trustees for eight years.

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