Cookerly Public Relations announced on Nov. 15 that Corey Stewart has been named Chief Executive Officer.
The Sandy Springs resident previously served as the agency’s chief operating officer of public affairs and marketing, according to a news release. He joined the company in 2005. He will work with President Stephen Brown in managing the company.
“My adventure with Corey started a long time ago when we hired him as an account manager. As he’s worked his way up the ladder, it’s been clear he’s going to be a huge success, and I’m excited to see him realize his vision for the future of the company,” said Carol Cookerley, the firm’s founder.
The firm was initially known for solving important issues and crises, but 25 years ago it became a full-service communications provider.
“As I take on this new position, I am aware that our reputation, carefully built on quality work, is the sum of the dedicated efforts of many colleagues. At the end of another great year, we all agree; now is the time to expand the breadth and depth of our service offerings,” Stewart said. “I appreciate the opportunity to lead the effort.”
Cookerly didn’t retire, but he stepped aside a bit. She will continue to focus on a thriving crisis and issues practice.
Prior to joining Cookerly, Stewart worked in banking as a regional marketing manager for BBVA in Birmingham, Alabama.
A Florida native and graduate of the University of South Alabama, Stewart serves on the global board of Worldcom Public Relations Group, a renowned network of independent public relations firms. He is a board member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Atlanta, a board member of the Atlanta Coastal Conservancy, and is a former board member of the Chattahoochee Nature Center. He is an avid outdoorsman and is often seen fishing on the Gulf Coast.