Phelps chairman and CEO Joe Phelps (left), with newly appointed agency president, Ed ChamblissPhelps chairman and CEO Joe Phelps (left), with newly appointed agency president, Ed Chambliss. 

Santa Monica-based PR and advertising agency Phelps has named Ed Chambliss president.

Chambliss, who was formerly Phelps COO, managed accounts for clients such as Petco, DirecTV and Public Storage. He's held that position since 2011. Chambliss joined the agency in 1999 as team leader.

Prior to his tenure at Phelps, Chambliss worked as a writer for advertising agency BBDO, and also taught copywriting at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta.

In a statement, Phelps chairman and CEO Joe Phelps noted Chambliss’ “remarkable skill set,” as well as his “marketing and technology savvy, and an excellent ability to attract and keep smart, caring people.”

Phelps’ recent expansion has prompted the agency to relocate from its Wilshire Blvd. headquarters of almost two decades to a new office in Los Angeles' Playa Vista neighborhood. The agency makes the move in January.