NEW YORK, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Ketchum, one of the world's leading public relations agencies, promoted SVP Marc Drechsler to global head of financial communications. Based in New York, Drechsler will be responsible for the overall growth of the rapidly expanding center of expertise, which has facilitated a broad range of transactions and financial services assignments across various regions. Ketchum offers a broad range of services to support every aspect of financial communications, including financial transactions communications, issues and crisis management, litigation communications, change management, corporate positioning, reputation management, speechwriting, analyst and investor relations, shareholder communications, financial media relations and more. Senior financial communications advisers are located in major global financial centers such as New York, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong, Mumbai and Moscow. "Under Marc's leadership, Ketchum's financial communications center of expertise is increasingly being sought out to provide clients with the expertise of a boutique consulting firm with the end-to-end suite and full range of communications disciplines resident at Ketchum," said Rod Cartwright, partner and director of Ketchum's Global Corporate Practice. "As Ketchum continues to strengthen its portfolio in capital markets and financial services communications, Marc's global experience will help ensure that we connect our experts around the world and continually share best practices to enhance our service to clients and to drive this crucial area forward." Drechsler said, "I'm thrilled to take the helm of Ketchum's growing financial communications team. We've done exceptional work this year alone, and I see great potential for more to come throughout our global network." In 2012, Ketchum's financial communications advisers have worked on several major financial transactions, including some of the largest initial public offerings in Hong Kong and the U.S.; a Chapter 11 restructuring and sale of a major retail brand to a private equity firm; and the first-ever retail bond issue in Austria and Germany. In addition, Ketchum is working for major banks, asset managers, hedge funds and private equity firms in various regions of the world. Ketchum also recently has taken a place on the Advisory Board of the M&A Leadership Council, a prestigious global organization of communications professionals who share expertise and provide advisory services to mergers and acquisitions clients across a range of disciplines. Drechsler represents Ketchum on the board, alongside Christine Andrukonis, VP and managing consultant at Ketchum Pleon Change, underscoring the importance of bringing comprehensive internal and external communications support to organizations undergoing M&A-driven change. Prior to joining Ketchum's New York office, Drechsler was a founding partner of Ketchum Pleon Financial. He has advised some of the largest corporations in Europe and the U.S. across a wide range of industries on more than 100 transactions, as well as counseling on crisis communications, long-term corporate positioning and investor relations programs. Before joining Ketchum in 2004, Drechsler spent seven years at Citigate Dewe Rogerson in Germany and four years with Commerzbank AG in New York. About Ketchum Ketchum is a leading global communications firm with operations in more than 70 countries across six continents. Named 2012 Agency of the Year ( PRWeek) and the winner of an unprecedented three consecutive PRWeek Campaign of the Year Awards, Ketchum partners with clients to deliver strategic programming, game-changing creative and measurable results that build brands and reputations. For more information on Ketchum, a part of Diversified Agency Services, a division of Omnicom Group Inc., visit www.ketchum.com. About Diversified Agency Services Diversified Agency Services (DAS), a division of Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) ( www.omnicomgroup.com), manages Omnicom's holdings in a variety of marketing communications disciplines. DAS includes over 200 companies, which operate through a combination of networks and regional organizations, serving international and local clients through more than 700 offices in 71 countries. About Omnicom Group Inc. Omnicom Group Inc. ( www.omnicomgroup.com) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.