Pontarelli Succeeds Doyle as RDW President

BOSTON Independent RDW Group said it has promoted Jim Pontarelli to president.

Pontarelli, who has served as the shop’s director of account services, succeeds Mike Doyle, a founding partner of RDW, who will assume the role of chairman at the Providence, R.I.-based agency.

Doyle takes that title from another founding partner, Tom Walsh, who becomes vice chairman.

Dante Bellini, an RDW partner who directs account service and new business, will now serve as executive vice president.

“Our agency has enjoyed astounding success over the past 20 years as it has grown from a small Providence communications shop to a major regional player with offices in Boston, Providence and Worcester,” said Doyle, in a statement. “We believe that now is the time to fortify the top ranks of RDW Group to position the agency to continue to grow and prosper well into the future.”

RDW closed out 2004 with two major initiatives: the acquisition of interactive agency iFactory and absorption of staff and clients from independent Clarke Goward, both in Boston.

“My goal is to take what the founders of RDW have built and to increase the values of the business while helping our diverse and talented team of employees to elevate their skills and their performance to new levels,” said Pontarelli in a statement.

RDW was founded in 1986 and currently has about 140 staffers. Key clients include the American Stock Exchange, A.T. Cross, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of R.I., GTech and Omgeo.