Cara Rich appointed as Chief Growth Officer

April 4, 2024

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Former BCW executive will have global responsibility while also overseeing the Americas to drive growth
  • This new layer of commercial wise organization will be completed with two other hubs in the Group’s footprint
  • The CGO functions will be formed by a team of senior officials including Irene Ferrario as VP Marketing and Partnerships

Cara Rich, formerly acting in a similar position at BCW, will oversee all commercial and development activities at the global level while also holding the same position for the Americas from her Washington, D.C. base. This new global growth function will be completed by an additional CGO positions in EMEA within this year and a further one in APAC in 2025, both of which will report to Cara Rich. Cara will report to SEC Newgate CEO Fiorenzo Tagliabue.

The initial team to support Cara’s scope in growing SEC Newgate’s capacity of pitching global prospects across its entire footprint will be formed by other senior officers, including the current SEC Newgate Senior Group Marketing manager, Irene Ferrario who is appointed VP Marketing and Partnerships.

I wish the new team good luck and a successful work in this newly created function – SEC Newgate CEO Fiorenzo Tagliabue commented – as we are at the right moment to seize global opportunities as we have the size, the know-how and the positioning to tackle this crucial challenge”. “Cara and the whole growth team – Tagliabue continued – bring the sensitivity and experience we required to complete the last part of our journey to boost organic growth locally, regionally and internationally

SEC Newgate is establishing a new holding company model with a unique value proposition for global companies and leading organizations that require, not only a global footprint, but a globally connected network of agencies. I’m excited to be part of this next chapter for SEC and delivering best-in-class corporate reputation, public affairs and advocacy solutions for our clients.” – Cara Rich stated.

The establishment of the new Chief Growth Officer function adds a final and consistent layer in the Group commercial wise organization after two other recent initiatives.

In particular the launch, in November 2023, of a new business organization, based on five business regions coordinated each by a head of region (North America led by Jefrey Pollock and Jon Silvan, West EMEA under Emma Kane’s lead, East EMEA managed by Sebastian Hejnowski, APAC hold by Brian Tyson and Central and South America with an interim for the Group CEO) to pursue cross sell and development at regional level and the kickoff of our own Affiliation scheme in January to expand the footprint and specialisms in our offer.

The new structure that enters into full operations starting from April 3 will be developed and assessed, for improvement and adjustments according to market feedback, in the next 15 months.