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Strahan Wallis Named Porter Novelli Managing Director

Media Release
06 December 2013

Strahan Wallis Named Porter Novelli Managing Director

Executive team confirmed

The Clemenger Group has appointed Strahan Wallis as managing director of Porter Novelli New Zealand, effective January 1, 2014.

Porter Novelli’s general manager since 2011, Strahan has been in a leadership position at the consultancy for three years. He joined Porter Novelli as a senior account director in 2010 from KPMG.

Jim Moser, CEO of the Clemenger Group, says for the past few years Porter Novelli has been building a strong senior team consisting of Strahan and executive directors Sarah Williams and Carolyn Kerr.

“Porter Novelli has an outstanding leadership team in Strahan, Sarah and Carolyn and any one of them could have stepped into the role.  For that reason we didn’t consider it necessary to look outside of the agency. Sarah and Carolyn chose not to apply for the role, although they were encouraged to do so. 

“We are thrilled to promote Strahan. He has demonstrated leadership capabilities and an undeniable passion for work that consistently delivers results for clients. Porter Novelli is one of New Zealand’s leading public relations consultancies and under Strahan’s stewardship, it will continue to grow from strength to strength,” says Jim.

“It’s a privilege to be asked to lead a team working for the best clients and many of New Zealand’s leading brands.  We have an unfair share of the best public relations people in the market and together we’re committed to world class results.  We’ll do this by pursuing and benchmarking against global best practice and a continued focus on delivering work that inspires, connects and helps transform our clients’ businesses,” says Strahan.

“Reputation management is more exciting, dynamic and important now than it’s ever been and it is vital the public relations discipline is at the forefront.  Our role at Porter Novelli is to help organisations navigate and win in reputation management within an evolving communications landscape. I’m personally looking forward to this challenge immensely and I know the same goes across our team.”

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