Top Management Changes at DeVries

BOSTON Interpublic Group’s DeVries Public Relations has made a series of high-level personnel changes, the agency said.

As a result of the changes, current CEO and founder Madeline DeVries assumes the new role of chairman. President Jim Allman becomes CEO, and chief marketing officer Michael Sullivan takes over as president. The position of chief marketing officer will be filled at a later date. All changes are effective immediately.

“Our remarkably consistent growth during the past five years means that we must continue to ensure we have in place the most dynamic and active agency leadership team possible,” said DeVries in a statement. “We brought Jim in last year to strengthen our agency management and brand-building expertise, and elevating and expanding Michael’s role across all divisions and accounts allows Jim to continue his focus on growing the business and broadening our client relationships.”

As CEO, Allman will be responsible for agency leadership, client relationships and business development. The changes “are about strengthening the management of the agency,” said Allman, who joined the shop about seven months ago.

Sullivan joined New York-based DeVries PR in 1995 and most recently led strategic program development. He has also headed up the agency’s healthcare and consumer marketing divisions, working with clients including Procter & Gamble, Gallo, Tupperware and Pfizer.

DeVries’ current client roster includes P&G, Tupperware and Johnson & Johnson.