Michelle Suess, ICM’s head of corporations communications, is departing the agency after 11 years, Variety has learned.
Suess is leaving ICM in order to spend more time with her family. Her replacement is expected to be announced soon, and she will remain in an advisory role with the agency to ensure a smooth transition during the process.
The longtime ICM executive has overseen external and internal communications, advertising, special events and corporate philanthropy, during her tenure. She serves as president of the ICM Community Partners Foundation.
“We deeply appreciate the strategic guidance that Michelle has offered as we’ve transformed our agency over the past several years, as well as the level of integrity and commitment that she has given her role,” the board said in a statement.
Suess commented, “I’m grateful to have had this opportunity during a period of such growth and change at the agency, and I’m particularly proud of the work that we’ve done with our foundation to support young people in Los Angeles and New York. I’ll miss my colleagues here tremendously, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter.”
Suess joined ICM in 2006, shortly after the agency’s announcement of a private equity investment. She rose through the ranks of the company, as ICM acquired Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann and she led the organization’s communications through the rebrand to ICM Partners following its management buyout in 2012. During her time at ICM, Suess has overseen communications for numerous acquisitions, including the recent announcement of boutique news and sports agency Headline Media Management, plus the agency’s move into new Century City offices last year.