Drobis, Chairman of Ketchum, to Retire

BOSTON David Drobis, senior partner and chairman of Omnicom’s Ketchum, will retire on Dec. 31 after 36 years with the public relations firm.

Raymond Kotcher, Drobis’ successor as chief executive officer in June 2000, will continue in that role. Drobis will assume the title of chairman emeritus and will serve as a consultant to the agency. Prior to becoming chairman, Drobis was CEO of Ketchum in New York.

“Throughout his career, David has worked tirelessly to build Ketchum, and more recently, advance the state of the public relations industry,” said Thomas Harrison, chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group’s Diversified Agency Services division in New York. “We thank David for his 36 years of extraordinary contributions and are pleased that he will remain associated with Ketchum.”

“I have been fortunate to work at Ketchum. It is a truly special place,” said Drobis, who joined the 80-year-old agency when it was a single location in Pittsburgh with a service office in New York.