Brad MacAfee appointed president, Porter Novelli North America

Global public relations leader Porter Novelli announced that Brad MacAfee, senior partner and managing director of the agency’s Atlanta office, has been appointed president, North America, effective January 1, 2014. In this role, MacAfee will be responsible for the growth, profitability and talent development of Porter Novelli’s offices in the U.S. and Canada. He will continue leading the agency’s successful Atlanta office.

“Brad has been with Porter Novelli for 13 years, and in that time has built our Atlanta office into one that delivers stellar client service while consistently being ranked one of the best places to work in the region,” said Karen van Bergen, CEO, Porter Novelli.

“He has made this happen through an unwavering commitment to talent. Brad is a staunch advocate for hiring top performers, providing them with training and support and ensuring they have opportunities to grow. In that environment, staff thrives, work exceeds expectations and businesses grow. I look forward to Brad bringing this way of doing business across our offices in the U.S. and Canada.”

During his Porter Novelli tenure, MacAfee has served as Global Technology practice leader, interim managing director of the San Francisco and Chicago offices, and has been a member of the firm’s diversity initiative. Today, MacAfee is a member of the agency’s executive committee and talent advisory board, and serves as executive client leader for clients in the technology, health care and government sectors.

“I am honored to lead Porter Novelli’s U.S. and Canadian operations, and am committed to ensuring that our efforts drive the success of our global strategic plan,” said MacAfee. “The foundation for success at Porter Novelli is our exceptional talent who build the brilliant programs for which we’re known. I am encouraging our managing directors to develop teams that think big, take risks and deliver strategy that exceeds the expectations of our clients and the market.”

MacAfee is passionate about community commitment, and serves on the board of directors for Junior Achievement of Georgia, the board of directors for Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation and the board of trustees for University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

A Chicago native, MacAfee earned a B.A. in telecommunications from Indiana University, Bloomington, before relocating to Atlanta to begin his public relations agency career.

Porter Novelli’s other regional presidents include Sally Ward, president, EMEA; John Orme, president, Asia Pacific; and Karen Ovseyevitz, president, Latin America.

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