PR agency Porter Novelli has announced it has hired Edelman New York’s senior vice president Rhys Ryan to head up its corporate communications practice in the role of managing partner in Australia.
The move sees Ryan return to the agency where he began his career in Melbourne more than 10 years ago, with Peter kent, Porter Novelli Australia CEO saying: “We’re delighted to have Rhys back home, and especially back home with Porter Novelli.
He worked at Porter Novelli for seven years in corporate positioning and consumer marketing in Melbourne and New York, before being appointed general manager at Edelman Melbourne, and then landing the job of senior vice president for Edelman in New York.
“He’s a world-class talent, Melbourne born and bred, with the knowledge, experience, curiosity, leadership and wry humour that makes him a huge asset for us and our clients. We’ve missed him,” added Kent.
He has worked for a a broad range of Australian and international clients, including Coles Supermarkets, 7-Eleven, Bendigo Bank, Kraft, PepsiCo, P&G and Western Union, Ryan has skills that are complementary to Porter Novelli Melbourne – and will be an asset for the entire Porter Novelli Australia business.
The appointment comes less than a week after Porter Novelli lost its managing director Annalise Brown to Bang PR. It is currently searching for a replacement.