Jack Bergen
Jack Bergen

Jack Bergen, who was first president of the Council of PR Firms, chief of Hill and Knowlton US and CEO of GCI Group during his dozen years in the PR agency business, is now strategic partner at Gould+Partners.

The 76-year-old executive also held top corporate affairs posts at CBS, Siemens and headed Alcoa’s global human resources department which including oversight of communications and government affairs.

In taking the post, Bergen said his corporate HR savvy is a good fit with G+P’s mergers and acquisitions practice due to the “growing emphasis on human capital in agency valuations, as well as retaining top talent in post-merger integration.”

Rick Gould, who worked with Bergen when he headed the Council, called him a “brilliant visionary.”

At G+P, Bergen, a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, will help firm owners develop compensation schemes for key executives, including equity options and incentive plans

Before affiliating with G+P, Bergen was VP-corporate projects at Arconic, the aerospace company spun off from Alcoa in 2016.