GKV in Baltimore announced the promotion of Kevin Kempske to president and chief operating officer, while agency founder Roger Gray will continue as Chairman and CEO.

Kempske joined GKV in 1998 as a public relations account executive and became a partner in the agency in 2004. Over the last 19 years, he has served as the director of public relations, provided oversight for a variety of departments/disciplines and established grassroots outreach and branded mobile marketing unit capabilities within the agency. According to an announcement release, he has played an integral role in new business development, the development and fostering of the agency’s culture, and most recently provided oversight of the digital operations and social media disciplines. Kempske has worked with a wide range of clients in a variety of industries. Kempske has worked with local, regional and national brands and recently led the team that landed the role as social media agency of record for McCormick & Company.

“We are fortunate to have a talent like Kevin in our organization, and he is deserving of this elevated responsibility,” said Gray. “The agency business has become more complex with the growth of digital and social media activities. Kevin is the right individual to help us navigate the rapidly changing marketing environment and continue the success we have accomplished over the past 36 years. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have gone into building GKV and its legacy of excellence in our industry. I am proud of this work, and know that Kevin will be a big part of continuing our gold standard.”

Gray will continue to serve as CEO, guiding the agency along with Kempske. Kempske will continue to serve on the agency’s Board of Directors and will chair a newly created Executive Committee comprised of the agency’s senior leadership.

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