Edelman has announced new leadership positions in the firm’s Chicago office, naming Kevin Cook as Chicago’s first chief operating officer and Una Pipic as the new chief of staff, effective immediately. Cook and Pipic will report to Jay Porter, president, Edelman Chicago. The addition of these positions is part of maintaining the momentum and continued evolution of the Chicago office.
Cook joined Edelman in 1996 and has served as the managing director of Chicago’s Corporate Affairs practice since 2008, and Pipic joined Edelman in 2013 as senior vice president of the new business and marketing team.
“Both Kevin and Una have proven track records as strong collaborators across offices and practices, talents that will be invaluable as they join me in their new roles,” said Porter.
As the managing director of Chicago’s Corporate Affairs practice, Cook expanded and dimensionalized the group by building a full-service Business + Social Purpose team, Corporate Editorial and Digital groups, and a strong leadership team with a deep bench of talent. Cook is also the North America client manager for a group of the firm’s Fortune 500 clients including Humana, Nationwide and Parker-Hannifin. Under his leadership, Chicago’s Corporate Affairs practice has doubled its revenue from about $12 million to $25 million. Today, it is one of the largest corporate communication practices in the United States.
“Kevin’s experience, business acumen, sage counsel and boundless energy have made him instrumental to the Corporate Affairs practice and its many clients and will be key in helping me lead the Chicago office forward,” said Porter.
Since joining Edelman, Pipic has overhauled the new business process to produce winning proposals, as well as overseen the office’s internal communications and sponsorship activities. Prior to joining Edelman, Pipic helped launch 1871, a technology incubator and co-working space for emerging tech ventures in Chicago, where she led the development of the operational and managerial platform that connects startup companies with mentors, business leaders and investors.
“Few people at Edelman have had such a great impact in so short a time as Una,” said Porter. “With this new team in place, Edelman Chicago is well poised to activate national and global initiatives in the Chicago office and continue to foster the most participative, creative and innovative team in the business.”
Edelman is the world’s largest public relations firm, with 67 offices and more than 4,800 employees worldwide, as well as affiliates in more than 30 cities. Edelman was named Advertising Age’s top-ranked PR firm of the decade in 2009 and one of its “A-List Agencies” in both 2010 and 2011; Adweek’s “2011 PR Agency of the Year;” PRWeek’s “2011 Large PR Agency of the Year;” and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year” and its 2011 “North American Large Agency of the Year.” Edelman was named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Advertising Age in 2010 and 2012 and among Glassdoor’s top five “2011 Best Places to Work.” Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Berland (research), Blue (advertising), BioScience Communications (medical communications), and agencies Edelman Significa (Brazil), and Pegasus (China). Visit http://www.edelman.com for more information.
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