Porter Novelli Names Four New Partners to Leadership Team

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Global public relations leader Porter Novelli (PN) has appointed four new partners to the firm. These appointments come in recognition of a deep commitment to attracting and developing the best talent; delivering strategic, results-oriented programs for clients; and driving strategic, sustainable growth for the agency.

The partners are:

  • Rosy McGillan, executive vice president, health and wellness practice, Washington, DC
  • Matthew Podboy, executive vice president, technology practice and co-founder, Voce Communications, a Porter Novelli company
  • Jennifer Swint, executive vice president and managing director, Washington, DC
  • Melissa Kraus Taylor, executive vice president and managing director, Atlanta

With only 21 partners at the company, candidates must meet stringent criteria to be named a partner. Partners are evaluated by the executive committee each year in order to retain their status.

"We're so pleased to welcome Rosy, Matt, Jennifer and Melissa to our prestigious group of partners at Porter Novelli," said Karen van Bergen, chief executive officer. "Each has contributed significantly to the agency—through their focus on growing and developing our talent, results-driven, award-winning work for clients and steadfast commitment to excellent client service." 

Rosy McGillan is an executive vice president in the agency's health and wellness practice. An 11-year Porter Novelli veteran, she leads strategic campaigns for clients, focused on those in the social impact and healthcare space. Prior to Porter Novelli, McGillan held roles at Manning Selvage and Lee and National SAFE KIDS Campaign.

Matthew Podboy cofounded Voce Communications in 1999, which was acquired by Porter Novelli in 2011. Podboy enjoys working with clients to build a narrative that will engage the target audience. Over the past 17 years, Podboy has helped Voce evolve its services model to include a combination of strategic counsel and program execution across paid, earned, shared and owned communications channels. Prior to Voce, Podboy worked at Weber Shandwick where he was first introduced to the Silicon Valley during the boom years of the late 1990s.

Jennifer Swint is managing director of Porter Novelli's Washington, DC office. With a deep background in public affairs, she provides senior counsel and oversees strategic campaigns for clients. She joined the agency from APCO Worldwide, where she was a senior director overseeing the firm's business development function. Swint also founded Nine Dot Strategies Inc., an independent communications and public affairs agency, and served as a senior executive at Atlantic Media Company. Before that, she was an executive vice president with Powell Tate/Weber Shandwick.

Melissa Kraus Taylor is managing director of Porter Novelli's Atlanta office. A 17-year Porter Novelli veteran, Taylor has led strategic planning in Porter Novelli's London and Atlanta offices. She co-created and is a dean of Porter Novelli's formal global professional development program, Greater Than University, and helped create and lead the agency's client service excellence initiative. She has taught social marketing at Emory University's Graduate School of Public Health for more than a decade.

About Porter Novelli
Porter Novelli is a global public relations agency built on a rich heritage of marketing for social good. We've been motivating people to change deeply ingrained behaviors rooted in cultural and social norms for more than 40 years. Porter Novelli is a different kind of agency—and we recognize, respect and champion companies with the spirit, drive and tenacity to do things differently. We like taking on big challenges, and even bigger challengers, and we seek out clients who feel the same way—clients who have the conviction to tell their own story, and the courage to innovate from who they have been into who they know they can be. For additional information, please visit www.porternovelli.com. Porter Novelli is a part of the DAS Group of Companies.

About the DAS Group of Companies
The DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) (www.omnicomgroup.com), is a global group of marketing services companies. DAS includes over 200 companies in the following marketing disciplines: specialty, PR, healthcare, CRM, events, promotional marketing, branding and research. Operating through a combination of networks and regional organizations, DAS serves international, regional, national and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries.

Tricia Whittemore
Porter Novelli
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