IPG’s Constituency Management Group (CMG) announced a streamlined leadership structure at Golin. Matt Neale will take over as Golin’s sole CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Neale, who had served as co-CEO since 2016 under a shared chief executive leadership structure, will report to Andy Polansky, chairman and CEO of CMG.
In addition, Gary Rudnick will be named into a newly created global position as president and chief operating officer, reporting into Mr. Neale. Mr. Rudnick previously carried the co-CEO title with responsibility for North America. Both changes are effective immediately.
As part of this leadership evolution, Jon Hughes, who has served as international CEO since 2016, will be departing the firm.
“Golin is one of the most admired brands in the public relations sector, for its creative, its talent and its culture,” Polansky said. “I look forward to working with Matt and Gary in their new roles as they and Golin’s leadership team continue to drive off of the momentum we are seeing in the business.”
Polansky added, “I also want to thank Jon for all of his contributions to Golin’s success over the years, and wish him best for the next chapter in his career.”
Mr. Neale began his career with IPG as a graduate trainee at Weber Shandwick in London in 1997 before moving to Golin in 2005 and has built and managed businesses in Europe, Asia and the United States.
Mr. Rudnick has been with Golin since 1996, in a variety of capacities including managing director roles in Chicago, Dallas and Houston and as North American president.
Fred Cook will continue in his role as Golin’s Chairman, working closely with Vice Chair Ellen Ryan Mardiks on thought leadership and key client relationships.