Leading Financial Public Relations Agency Strengthens Management Team; Adds New Services
NEW YORK; June 27, 2016 – Dukas Linden Public Relations (DLPR), a leading financial public relations agency, today announced the promotions of four senior executives. Stephanie Dressler, Sean Dougherty and Zach Kouwe were named senior vice presidents; and Ted Smith was named vice president. These promotions further strengthen the agency’s management team, and position DLPR to continue expanding its range of client services and its opportunities for growth across all of its practice areas, including asset and wealth management, professional services, and B2B.
In recent months, DLPR also has added to its strategic service offerings, including transactional and activist PR, and investor relations. Through a partnership with a leading Madison Avenue design/branding firm, DLPR also now offers a full range of design, creative, video and digital services to assist clients in creating impactful branded content.
Ms. Dressler, who joined DLPR in 2012, oversees DLPR’s wealth and asset management group, which manages many of the agency’s largest financial services accounts. She has more than a decade of experience in PR and financial marketing and communications, and a proven track record of excellence in account management, media relations and social and digital media. Ms. Dressler’s strategic, creative and high-energy approach has been instrumental in her rapid advancement from account supervisor to SVP in her four years at DLPR.
Mr. Dougherty, who joined DLPR in 2010, manages and implements media relations programs for the agency’s professional services group. He has a demonstrated ability to turn complex and esoteric information into concise and compelling message points, and maintains extensive relationships with journalists at leading national, financial and trade media. Prior to joining DLPR, he was a group vice president at MWW, one of the PR industry’s largest agencies.
Mr. Kouwe, who joined DLPR in 2011, helps manage many of the agency’s more complex accounts, including alternative asset managers, activist campaigns and specialized financial services providers. His “journalistic mindset,” strong writing and content development skills, and extensive network of media contacts have been an extremely valuable resource to DLPR. Prior to joining DLPR, Mr. Kouwe spent nearly a decade as a financial journalist, writing for The New York Times, New York Post and Dow Jones.
Mr. Smith, who came to DLPR in 2013 from the sell-side of the securities industry, manages a group of DLPR’s premiere institutional and alternatives clients, including private equity and hedge funds, and diversified asset managers. With a background in institutional sales and trading, he brings strong subject matter expertise and a thorough understanding of financial markets.
“These promotions underscore DLPR’s history of promoting from within and recognizing the contributions and dedication of our talented executives,” said Richard Dukas, chairman and CEO of DLPR. “Moreover, each of these executives embodies the culture and work ethic that we have established at the agency. They are hands-on in every stage of client service: from the development of strategy and the management of our account teams, to execution, media relations and reporting.”
About Dukas Linden Public Relations
Founded in 2002, DLPR has extensive experience in the asset and wealth management, financial and professional services, financial and B2B technology industries. The communications goals of its clients include general profile raising and brand building through broad media outreach; ongoing reputation and crisis management; strategic thought leadership initiatives; message development; media and presentation coaching; and social media. The agency has 20 employees and generated more than $5 million in revenues in 2015. DLPR was named to the Observer’s list of “50 Most Powerful PR Firms” in 2015, and was singled out as “Best PR Firm” by HFMWeek in 2014. For more information, visit www.dlpr.com and follow the firm on Twitter @DukasLindenPR.