Ketchum Combines Chicago, Pittsburgh Offices

CHICAGO Public relations company Ketchum Inc. is consolidating the operations of its Chicago and Pittsburgh offices into one Midwest division.

Adaire Putnam, most recently partner and director of the Chicago office, will lead the operation as director of the Midwest region. Jerry Thompson, who had been partner and director of the Pittsburgh office, will relocate to Atlanta to become associate director of the Omincom Group company’s Southern division, which encompasses Ketchum’s Atlanta and Dallas branches.

The PR company last year began combining its operations around the country. The San Francisco and Los Angeles offices became the West Coast region last year. Earlier this year, the company merged its Atlanta and Dallas operations to form the Southern region.

As a result of the merger, the company laid off eight people, six in Pittsburgh and two in Chicago. A Ketchum representative said no other layoffs were expected in the short term.