Staples secures top APCO role

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APCO Worldwide has announced that Brad Staples, president, international, was appointed CEO effective January 5, 2015, and that Margery Kraus, founder and CEO, will assume the role of executive chairman of the company.

Evan Kraus will be the company’s president and managing director of operations, and Neal Cohen was named vice chairman of the board, and president, global client strategy, effective the same date.

The changes have been announced as the company celebrates its 30th year.

Evan Kraus’ new role assumes greater operational responsibility for the firm and expands on his 18 years of experience at APCO creating and strengthening the company’s digital and creative offer.

As vice chairman of the board, Cohen’s leadership and experience as one of the most senior client strategists at the firm will be a critical component to the firm’s goals.

Staples will be based in London and Evan Kraus and Neal Cohen will continue to be based in Washington, D.C.

“Brad, Evan and Neal represent the very best of APCO – deep global perspectives, understanding of the changing communications landscape and commitment to providing the very best thinking to our clients,” said Margery Kraus in a prepared statement.

“Today’s announcement is a seamless evolution of the leadership of our firm designed to drive stronger global collaboration, deeper relationships with clients and more compelling, creative programming that delivers greater impact for clients and their stakeholders while empowering a new generation of the firm’s leaders.”


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