Managing Director  

Porter Novelli is a Global Purpose Communications Consultancy that inspires companies, organizations and brands to make a positive social impact. We believe Purpose is more than a mission statement or a commitment of values. Purpose defines an organization’s authentic role and value in society and allows it to simultaneously grow its business and positively impact the world. At Porter Novelli you will find a passionate and diverse group of professionals that values fierce collaboration, embracing imagination, standing up for the right idea and liberating greatness in our colleagues and clients.  

The Role:  

Porter Novelli is seeking to hire a Managing Director to lead their Boston market. Porter Novelli Boston includes our team of experts from Cone Communications, the leader in CSR and consumer brand reputation. Cone became a part of Porter Novelli in 2017, forming the world’s largest agency dedicated to purpose communications. We are looking for a rare individual who excels at the cross section of being a conductor, coach, collaborator and catalyst. We’re looking for someone who can genuinely liberate greatness in those around them to realize the fullest potential of the local office and the network beyond. Someone who can attract, develop and retain a disproportionate percentage of the market’s best talent.  

Reporting directly to the CEO, the Managing Director will be primarily responsible for driving the impact of the local office on the delivery of our North American regional strategic and financial plans. The successful candidate will bring a strong commercial orientation, deep network and proven business development track record to the firm. He/she will be a driving force behind the agency’s progress toward fully integrated client teams to accelerate our ambition of becoming the ‘most passionately recommended communications consultancy in the world’.  

The culture of Porter Novelli is strong and important. We place a very high premium on collaborative, team-oriented behavior. The Managing Director will be charged with reinforcing and modeling this culture in the local office, and ensuring that colleagues work collaboratively with the rest of the firm’s offices across the world in the best interest of their clients and teams.  

We want everyone to know about our compelling points of difference, our incredible product innovations and the breadth and depth of our capabilities and credentials across Technology, Purpose, Health & Wellness and Food & Nutrition. Sparking new prospect discussions locally is important to us and we’ll want to see you collaborate fiercely to make that happen and be ready to jump in and ensure your office is fully participating in other new business opportunities sourced from within the broader agency. 

Our Boston Managing Director will be:  

  • Well-connected with an extensive network of strong relationships that can be quickly leveraged among senior executives in the Boston business community 

  • Established reputationally – or ability to quickly become so – in the Boston market with strong experience in technology, CSR or purpose-driven work, corporate communications, and/or consumer marketing  

  • An aggressive new business hunter who will spend significant time in outside prospecting meetings and market visibility opportunities 

  • A strong talent manager, able to inspire and motivate local team members to collaborate fiercely together and to build “best teams” from across the broader network, has a proven track record for embracing D&I programs, and has a progressive view of talent and succession planning  

  • Full understanding and track record of transforming talent skill sets 

  • Able to demonstrate a proven track record for creating, hitting and exceeding financial targets 

The Boston Managing Director will provide leadership for:  


  • Development of the vision for the local office that helps pull PN’s three-year strategic plan through the local market. 

  • Inspiration and coaching of local teams on successful implementation of the strategy with a focus on integration, performance and results.  


  • Supporting all aspects of talent management: recruiting, assessing candidates, career planning and professional development, real-time coaching, dealing with conflict and reward/recognition. 

  • Ensuring local team members truly live our values through the lens of diversity and inclusion and are actively and fully engaged across the US (and global) footprint. 

  • Actively builds, promotes and implements PN’s consultancy model.  

  • Contribution to the professional development of staff by ensuring a robust professional training program and nurturing core skill development. 


  • Actively engage with clients and use feedback proactively to strengthen our relationship and service.  

  • Ensuring the PN is activated to drive meaningful and measurable impact on our client’s communications and business imperatives. 

  • Providing senior counsel across all relevant client teams. 


  • Working with the CMO, regional Managing Directors and other agency leaders to support incoming new business opportunities as well as to identify and support proactive new business outreach and initiatives. 

  • Working to drive incremental growth within existing clients by finding opportunities to offer additional and relevant products and services beyond current scope.  

  • Create a positive ‘new business hunting’ culture at all levels in the office.  


  • Establishing positive agency positioning in the local marketplace for both prospects and talent  

  • Building and leverage relationships within the local Omnicom network.  

  • Developing agency thought leadership that reflects the core strengths of the local team and individuals in the office.  


  • Meeting monthly and annual financial performance metrics for the office and the region.  

  • Effectively manage local operational costs. 


  • Demonstrable experience of driving effective collaboration across multi-disciplined teams to bring significant business benefit to client organizations. 

  • Strong commercial track record and new business drive/orientation. 

  • Unparalleled leadership, relationship-building, and networking skills at all levels both internally and externally.  

  • The ability to balance market facing responsibilities, including business development, with key internal leadership priorities.  


  • An inspiring leadership style that aligns with PN’s overall purpose and values.  

  • A generous spirit who shares knowledge, cultivates growth in others, and liberates the potential greatness in all colleagues. 

  • An entrepreneurial mindset and “what if” attitude that helps team members see beyond the challenges and realize the possibilities. 

  • A commitment to helping colleagues stand for our values and standards in the marketplace.  

About Porter Novelli: 

As the agency that pioneered communications for behavior change, Porter Novelli has origins that are distinctive from any other major player in public relations. Over forty years ago, Jack Porter and Bill Novelli realized that classic marketing disciplines could be reapplied to public relations communications to make a positive social impact on the world. 

Porter Novelli exists to inspire companies, organizations and brands to make a positive impact by creating a collaborative, diverse and inclusive environment designed to drive innovation and liberate greatness in our people, clients and partners. 

Our ambition is simple – to become the most passionately recommended consultancy in the world. If you are a communications professional that shares our Social Purpose values of embracing imagination, collaborating fiercely, digging deeply, standing up for the right idea, liberating greatness and making a positive impact there's a home for you at Porter Novelli—Join Us.