Rapp Appoints New Chairman

BOSTON Omnicom Group’s Diversified Agency Services has appointed Tracy Locke chairman Gary VonKennel as chairman and chief executive of Rapp Collins Worldwide. He replaces Malcolm Speed, 52, who is retiring after about five years at the direct marketing agency.

VonKennel, 55, started in the post yesterday, according to a Rapp representative.

Tracy Locke, also a part of Omnicom’s DAS, will not fill the chairman position, a shop representative said. VonKennel had also served as CEO of Tracy Locke in Dallas until last April, when he shifted day-to-day responsibilities to Ed Winter, who formerly held the titles of vice chairman and chief strategy officer.

“Gary VonKennel is an experienced, results-oriented marketing leader who is an excellent fit with the clients and culture of Rapp Collins,” said Thomas Harrison, chairman of DAS, in a statement. “He has an excellent track record of clarifying the position of business he leads, invigorating staff and helping them mature and maintain client relationships.”