Karen van Bergen brings nearly 30 years of agency- and client-side experience to her role as CEO of Omnicom Public Relations Group. She holds responsibility for all public relations and public affairs firms within Omnicom, encompassing more than 6,300 employees. Karen drives the strategy for Omnicom Public Relations Group, focused on Omnicom’s strategic growth areas including talent, innovation and collaboration. Prior to Omnicom Public Relations Group, Karen served as CEO of global public relations agency Porter Novelli.
Over a three year period, Karen led the agency on a path of significant transformation—marked by growth and award-winning work, and capped by recognition as a 2014 PRWeek Best Place to Work—a result of her steadfast focus on talent. She served as managing director of Porter Novelli’s New York office from 2011-2012. Before Porter Novelli, Karen spent four years at FleishmanHillard, most recently as senior partner, senior vice president and global lead for OneVoice, an integrated Omnicom team serving Royal Philips Electronics. Working in-house, Karen served two stints with McDonald’s in Europe and Asia totaling more than 13 years; she also worked with The Coca-Cola Company and Outboard Marine Corporation.
Karen was named 2016 PRWeek PR Professional of the Year–Agency and a 2016 “Woman of Influence” by New York Business Journal in addition to being named to the 2016 PRWeek Hall of Femme and PRWeek Power List in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. In 2017 she was ranked #1 on the Power List, the first woman to achieve that rank. She is a founding member of Omniwomen, which aims to grow the number of female leaders throughout Omnicom.
Omnicom Public Relations Group is a global collective of three of the top global public relations agencies worldwide and specialist agencies in areas including public affairs, marketing to women, fashion, global health strategy and corporate social responsibility. It encompasses more than 6,000 public relations professionals in more than 330 offices worldwide who provide their expertise to companies, government agencies, NGOs and nonprofits across a wide range of industries. Omnicom Public Relations Group is part of the DAS Group of Companies, a division of Omnicom Group Inc. that includes more than 200 companies in a wide range of marketing disciplines including advertising, public relations, healthcare, customer relationship management, events, promotional marketing, branding and research.