Allison+Partners SVP Jonathan Heit has been promoted to president and senior partner, in charge of daily firm operations. The move frees up founding partners Scott Allison, Andy Hardie-Brown, and Scott Pansky to tackle the wide-ranging items that impact the future of the firm. Allison, chairman and CEO, will focus on internal management, the profile of the firm, and its business progress; Hardie-Brown, COO, will focus on strategic direction, such as global expansion; and Pansky, senior partner, will focus on cause marketing, values programs and firm culture, professional development, and related areas.
“[T]his gives us a unique ability to scale without losing the personality and culture of our agency, along with the senior-level attention to each piece of business, that has been the hallmark of our success to this point,” Heit told us in an email. “Historically, many firms hit a wall at the $20 million revenue mark and fail to continue grow. The reason is many firms don’t recognize the need to re-invest in the company and nurture the next generation of leadership.”
In addition, New York GM Anne Colaiacovo, Atlanta GM Brian Feldman, and San Francisco GM Phil Carpenter have been promoted to senior partner. Corp comms practice MD Matthew Della Croce, Phoenix GM Cathy Planchard, and Larry Krutchik, an SVP in the social impact and public affairs practices have been named partners.
Separately, the firm has announced that it has selected Greg Dunn and Mary Shaughnessy to serve as co-MDs of the firm’s Chicago office, which opened its doors in November. Dunn previously spent 11 years with Burson-Marsteller, last serving as co-head of the corporate reputation group. Shaughnessy has worked with brands including KFC, Johnson & Johnson and shared lead duties for Cramer-Krasselt. She also previously served as principal of her own firm Cube Public Relations.