Paul Verbinnen
Paul Verbinnen

Sard Verbinnen & Co. has promoted president Paul Verbinnen to the co-CEO spot alongside George Sard, who remains chairman of the 27-year-old financial PR firm.

Andrew Cole and Paul Kranhold move up to co-presidents.

Cole, a 21-year veteran of SVC in New York and San Francisco, was COO with full-time client responsibility.

Kranhold, a 14-year veteran in charge of west coast and Asia operations, is a former head of AT&T corporate PR and press secretary for ex-California Gov. Pete Wilson.

The changes, according to the firm, “reflect evolving management roles, longer-term planning and further development of a talented team."

The firm also upped Jared Levy, Megan Bouchier, Meghan Gavigan, Marc Minardo and Chris Kittredge to partners.