DDC Public Affairs president and COO Don Smialowicz heads to HudsonLake, where he takes over the CEO position.
Smialowicz succeeds HudsonLake founder Cynthia Hudson, who will focus solely on her responsibilities as chair of HudsonLake's board of directors.
After joining DDC as vice president, human resources in 2005, Smialowicz was promoted to chief operating and talent officer in 2012 before becoming president and COO in 2019. He played a lead role in the company's M&A activity and its acquisition by The Omnicom Group in 2014. Before joining DDC, Smialowicz was with BCW's grassroots communications division where his focus was on human resource management and organizational development.
Hudson said that the agency "will benefit greatly from Don's experience leading and managing companies through accelerated growth, his people-first focus and his results-producing ethic."