RMS appoints new Managing Director after founder steps aside

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Ruth Shearn and Mike Kirwan

Altrincham PR and marketing agency RMS has appointed Mike Kirwan as its new Managing Director after founder Ruth Shearn decided to step aside after 26 years.

Shearn set up the business from her back bedroom and will now spend more time developing creative campaigns for clients and RMS itself. 

Kirwan left his position as Commercial Director at digital agency Latitude after 11 years in May 2016 and went on to work for myclever, return and Blueclaw for short periods before setting up his own consultancy this year.

Shearn said: “After a long time at the sharp end, I feel the time is right to step away from the MD role and bring in a fresh brain to steer us through the next phase.

“The calibre of candidates for the role was astounding but Mike deserved it because of his unique mix of skills and clear appetite for doing great things.

“As well as a strong commercial head and hunger for new business development, he has exemplary strategic and digital marketing expertise, and a track record for developing and mentoring strong, happy teams.  What’s not to like?

“I am beyond excited and confident Mike will bring a fresh, progressive and dynamic approach to the way we work. I very much looking forward to working alongside him and the rest of our fabulous team.”

Kirwan added: “This is a gilt-edged opportunity.  RMS is a fantastic agency – stable and respected. I’m looking forward to building on its excellent reputation and foundations. 

“As well as an impressive portfolio of long-standing and loyal blue-chip clients, RMS has a very talented team that regularly has its work recognised with industry awards, most recently picking up the Creative Impact Award at the Cheshire Business Awards.

“I am determined to make the wider market aware of the fantastic work RMS produces and, in so doing, attract increasingly bigger clients and grow the team.”

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