Kelly Williamson
Kelly Williamson

Kelly Williamson, who leads APCO Worldwide’s Raleigh, NC office, has been named president of the Washington-based public affairs and business strategy giant’s North America region.

APCO global president Evan Kraus had previously overseen that region on an interim basis after former North American chair and New York managing director Nelson Fernandez departed the agency earlier this year.

Williamson joined APCO Worldwide in 1999 as an intern. In the nearly two decades since, she rose through the ranks, serving as vice president and senior vice president before eventually becoming managing director of the agency’s Raleigh outpost, which she helped launch in 2014. She’s a member of APCO’s Global Leadership Team.

As regional president, Williamson will lead teams throughout North America. Globally, she’ll head the agency’s Key Client Initiative, which aims to provide best-in-class service to clients as well as develop client leaders.

She’ll remain in Raleigh and will report to APCO global CEO Brad Staples.