Gatesman Promotes Next SVP From Within to Bolster Next-Generation Leadership

Christy Kelly Recognized for Outstanding Business Impact, Named SVP Director of Chicago Accounts
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PITTSBURGH – November 13, 2019 – Gatesman is proud to announce the promotion of Christy Kelly to senior vice president, director of Chicago accounts. In just under two years with Gatesman, Kelly’s business impact has included consistent client satisfaction, multiple record-setting campaign launches, organic and new business growth, and numerous contributions to account management operations. Christy’s promotion also elevates her from the agency’s Emerging Leadership team to the senior management group furthering the agency’s commitment to next-generation leadership development. 

“Christy is equal parts smart, tenacious and driven and at the same time, she’s fun to be around with a fantastic sense of humor,” said Shannon Baker, president, Gatesman. “She’s not even yet realized her full potential and has already significantly, and positively, influenced our business, dependably achieving client successes and strengthening numerous client relationships.”

Kelly's impact has been recognized throughout the entire agency as her ability to reach impressive benchmarks has earned the respect of clients across industries. For example, under her direction, the agency partnered with the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan to launch new integrated campaigns designed to support enrollment in the school’s degree programs. Nearly 90% of all efforts achieved or significantly outpaced projections, and in particular, new strategies leveraged to promote the school’s Online MBA program exceeded enrollment goals determined prior to launch.

Broadening the agency’s work within the education sector, Kelly also spearheaded the collaboration of cross-functional internal teams to develop fully integrated campaign recommendations for the Rochester Institute of Technology. The campaign fostered strong engagement with nearly all tactics performing at or above industry engagement benchmarks.

Similarly remarkable results have been obtained for Pace Suburban Bus Service. Most notably, Kelly successfully led the development of the client’s first integrated creative campaign. In order to reach a goal of increased ridership, teams utilized traditional and digital tactics supported by the implementation of automated campaign reporting, ultimately surpassing client expectations by achieving heightened engagement rates across platforms.

“At Gatesman, I’ve seen how the power of true integration fueled by a lot of smarts and a little grit make amazing things happen. It’s like nothing I’ve seen in my career, and I’m thrilled to be able to grow with the agency,” said Kelly.  

As SVP, Christy will join Gatesman’s Director’s Circle alongside other practice heads across departments to weigh in on key business decisions, discuss company growth and support the agency’s future evolutions.

 “Christy is a highly trusted leader who has made a significant impact in consistently driving results for our clients,” said John Gatesman, CEO, Gatesman. “Her inspiring management style, strategic vision and dedication to our success leaves me very excited with the potential of what’s to come with her advancement within our company. I am so proud of her accomplishments and to have her as part of our leadership team.”

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About Gatesman:

With offices in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Springfield, Missouri, Gatesman offers expertise in strategy/branding, advertising, public relations, social media, digital and analytics. Gatesman is a partner in AMIN Worldwide, an alliance of over 50 independent marketing agencies, and IPREX, a global communications network. Gatesman acquired Quest Fore in 2014 and Noble Communications in 2017.