PORTLAND, OR: Finn Partners has promoted Shannon Riggs to Managing Partner of its Pacific Northwest Strategic Communications business unit, effective October 1.
Riggs will succeed Wendy Lane Stevens, who announced her retirement after six years as managing partner of Finn Partners’ office in Portland, Oregon.
Finn Partners acquired Stevens’ Portland-based agency Lane PR in 2016. Since then, the global independent firm has purchased two other Pacific Northwest companies, Seattle-based Barokas Communications and Seattle-based AHA. Vancouver, Washington.
In his new role, Riggs will report to Howard Soloman, Founding Managing Partner, West Coast. While based in Portland, Riggs will lead client relationships and oversee staff at all Finn Partners offices in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle and Vancouver, Washington.
“I want [Finn Partners] to be a place where anyone, from college graduate to industry veteran, can and wants to grow their career,” said Riggs.
Riggs spent over 15 years at Finn Partners, most recently as a senior partner. Instead of choosing a traditional replacement, Finn Partners will step down from its regional management team to cover Riggs’ duties.
Prior to joining Finn Partners, Riggs was Director of Business Development at Revolution Consulting and an advocate and volunteer with the nonprofit Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids.
Finn Partners also recently promoted Mark Day and Philip McGowan to senior partners, both with co-lead practice responsibilities.
The agency grew 49% last year to $162.2 million, growing at the same rate in the United States to $135.7 million, according to PRWeek’s 2022 business report.