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posted: 6/5/2019 1:00 AM

Rhea + Kaiser changes executive management roles

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NAPERVILLE -- Rhea + Kaiser announced new executive management positions that will go into effect on Aug. 1.

Diane Martin, who has been with R+K for more than 30 years and president/CEO since 2010, is stepping into the newly created role of Chief Strategy Officer. Martin will assist executive management with client, prospective client and agency strategy. This includes formalizing the agency's communications planning processes, evaluating strategic planning tools and identifying resources.

Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Heusuk will take on the responsibility of Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the long-range planning and sustainability of the agency. A 22-year R+K veteran, Heusuk started at R+K in account management, leading health care and commercial banking accounts. She has been Chief Operating Officer since 2010.

Jeff Walter will move into the newly created role of President/Chief Integration Officer. Currently the SVP/Executive Director of agency management and planning, Walter's new role will include ensuring integrated teams and integrated services across all agency business.

Angel Kelpsas, current Director of Finance, will become the Chief Financial officer. In addition to financial management, Kelpsas' responsibilities will include oversight of compliance with government regulations, human resources, business technology and facilities management.

Steve Rhea, owner and co-founder of Rhea + Kaiser, will remain as chairman of the board.