Tim Sompolski, chief human resources officer, is leaving Interpublic Group of Companies. Philippe Krakowsky, currently evp, strategy and corporate relations, succeeds him as he assumes the new position of IPG’s evp, chief strategy and talent officer.
The holding company is still determining Sompolski’s exit date. Sompolski, who joined Interpublic in 2004 when he was 52, had not worked in the ad industry previously. He came to the job after working at Altria Group, parent of Philip Morris USA, where he had been svp, human resources and administration. He had also worked in HR and compensation at Kraft Foods, McGraw Edison Co. and Quasar Electronics Co. (a unit of Matsushita Electronics). Sompolski had been hired by Interpublic’s then-president and CEO David Bell, who is no longer with the company.
In an internal memo announcing the change, IPG chief Michael Roth wrote:
“Philippe has a keen grasp of our industry’s trajectory, as well as trusted relationships with our operating unit leaders, which will be vital in ensuring that our strategies and the people who implement them are fully aligned. He will of course continue to work closely with me and other members of the senior corporate team to drive IPG’s success at this time of great change and opportunity for providers of marketing services. In a related development, Tim Sompolski has informed me that he is retiring.”