Kevin Foley
Kevin Foley

Kevin Foley, founder/chairman of KEF Media and a long-time contributor to odwyerpr.com, died June 6 after a brief illness. He was 70.

After stints at Ketchum and Burson-Marsteller, Foley launched KEF in 1986 as one of the few firms that focused largely on broadcast PR. He served blue-chip clients such as Coca-Cola, Amazon, Hilton and Visa.

Foley stepped down as CEO of KEF Media last year. He was succeeded by Yvonne Hanak, a 23-year veteran of the firm.

Kev was a good friend and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Sue; daughter, Katie; son, Patrick; and with the staff of KEF Media.

Foley’s last O’Dwyer's article, “No Country for Young Pups,” ran May 10.