Porter Novelli Announces CEO Transition

Gary Stockman to Step Down July 31, Michael Ramah Will Assume Role of Acting CEO

Jun 22, 2012, 11:49 ET from Porter Novelli

NEW YORK, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Porter Novelli CEO Gary Stockman has announced his intention to step down from his position, effective July 31.  Stockman has served as CEO since January 2008.

"For more than a decade I've been committed to the transformation Porter Novelli leads for our clients every day.  After nearly five years as CEO, it's time for a new experience," said Stockman.

Stockman was an executive with the technology communications firm Copithorne and Bellows when it merged with Porter Novelli in January 2000, and he co-led the integration of the two companies.  A focus on reputation management in the digital age, industry-leading analytics capabilities and Porter Novelli's brand grounded in delivering insight-driven, transformational change have marked his tenure.

"Gary has played a critical role in the development of Porter Novelli's future.  His commitment to the value of public relations in a modern world of communications is unparalleled.  We wish him all the best," said Dale A. Adams, CEO of Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group.  "The Porter Novelli history and its future make it a valued member of the Omnicom family and we will fully support the leadership transition and appointment of a new chief executive officer."

Michael Ramah, global director of strategy and a 25-year Porter Novelli veteran, will work with Stockman during the transition and assume the duties of acting CEO on Stockman's departure.  Ramah has served in both the New York and Washington offices and led the development of the company's Global Strategic Planning and Research practice.

About Porter Novelli

A global public relations leader, Porter Novelli was founded in 1972. In 90 offices in nearly 60 countries, Porter Novelli combines the power of immersion with the rigor of research to create deep human insights that enable the agency to transform the opinions, beliefs and behaviors of those who matter most to its clients. For additional information, please visit www.porternovelli.com. Porter Novelli is a part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc.

About Diversified Agency Services

Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com), manages Omnicom's holdings in a variety of marketing communications disciplines. DAS includes over 200 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

About Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group Inc. (www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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