Solomon McCown & Company has named PR strategist and government relations veteran Daniel Cence the agency’s chief executive officer and managing partner.

The agency will henceforth be known as a Solomon McCown & Cence.

Solomon McCown(L to R): Daniel Cence, Helene Solomon and Ashley McCown.

Cence succeeds Helene Solomon in the CEO position. Solomon now moves into the role of founder and co-president. Ashley McCown also serves as co-president.

Cence joined SM&C in 2016 as senior vice president when he was picked to lead the agency’s newly-launched government relations practice. He previously led his own political consulting and government affairs firm, Cence Cincotti Strategies, which he founded in 2007.

Earlier in his career, Cence was an aide to former Boston city councilor Tom Keane and government and community affairs director to long-time Suffolk County, MA district attorney Dan Conley. He was also part of the reelection team for former Boston mayor Tom Menino.

Solomon McCown, which was founded in 2003, specializes in healthcare, public affairs and crisis management. The agency maintains an additional office in New York.