McKeown rejoins CJRW as chief public relations officer

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Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, the Little Rock-based advertising, marketing, and public relations firm has named Richard McKeown senior vice president and chief public relations officer, effective immediately.

McKeown was previously associated with CJRW from 1985 through 1999, before establishing his own communications consulting firm.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Richard is rejoining CJRW,” said Wayne Woods, CEO and agency chairman. “He has a wealth of communications experience not only here in Arkansas, but with clients throughout the United States and internationally. Having him as part of our leadership team will even further strengthen the agency and expand our range of client services."

Since 1999, McKeown has been providing communications strategy and analysis, executive development coaching, and communications training to a broad range of clients. He has been active in the energy, education, construction, and worked with many Fortune 500 corporations and their executive leadership teams.

“There’s no question that the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods brand and reputation is among the most respected in Arkansas and throughout the industry, and for good reason,” said McKeown. “It has always been a source of pride for me to have been associated with the agency. To be able to rejoin CJRW is extremely humbling and gratifying for me, professionally and personally.”

McKeown will lead CJRW’s public relations division and serve as a member of the agency’s leadership group. He will be actively involved in client service, new business development, and staff development. He will also continue to provide executive communications coaching and training to clients including media training, crisis communications counsel and leadership coaching.  
McKeown has a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University. He and his wife Tracye (Dicus) have four children and live in Bryant.

Other personnel announcements include: Stacy Sells as the senior vice president of strategic planning; Jordan Johnson and Denver Peacock will lead the agency’s public affairs division; Pam Jones has been promoted to vice president and will remain assistant director of public relations; and Carrie McKnight has been promoted to vice president of public relations.