Jay Porter will take the helm of Edelman’s 600-plus member Chicago office on February 11, taking over for Rick Murray, who is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
Porter has been executive VP & global client relationship manager at Edelman on the Starbucks account.
He joined the independent PR firm in 2005 to head its Seattle consumer practice and then moved on to head the Axe business.
Porter took command of San Francisco and was named client chief of Starbucks in 2012.
Murray joined Edelman in 2001 and was promoted to Chicago boss four years ago. He launched the Me2Revoultion unit, which evolved into Edelman Digital.
Edelman Chicago is the firm’s No. 2 office with 2012 fees of $93M.