PORTSMOUTH — Mike Doyle, chairman of RDW Group, Inc. and resident of Portsmouth, has announced his retirement from the Providence full-service communications agency he founded.
James Malachowski, RDW’s chief operating officer, was elevated to succeed Mr. Doyle as chairman. Jim Pontarelli will remain president of the 75-employee company with three offices, 12 partners and a portfolio of clients competing in national and international arenas.
Said Mr. Doyle, “It was a great ride, and it will be difficult to step away from a life that has been a beloved passion of mine for so long. Also, it’s gratifying to know that I’m leaving the agency in very capable hands. It has been a pleasure to work alongside an incredibly talented staff and with a wide range of clients to produce award-winning work throughout the years.”
“Mike leaves the agency poised to make major growth investments in social media, digital media and other emerging capabilities, and we look forward to a highly successful future, ” said Chairman Malachowski.
RDW Group is known nationally in the industry as a leader in the higher education, energy and healthcare markets, with an award-winning interactive services division and a recently divested publishing division that was leading the industry in digital services for the world’s best-known publishers.
Mr. Doyle is best known as a trusted public affairs counselor for dozens of high-profile projects including the establishment of the Providence Place Mall, the rebranding of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the expansions of T.F. Green Airport and the Central Landfill, and numerous referendum campaigns, including the most recent effort to expand gaming at Twin River. He grew the agency from a five-employee start-up housed in a three-tenement apartment on the East Side of Providence to one of the largest independently owned advertising and public relations agencies in New England. In addition to spearheading the agency’s organic growth, he acquired companies that expanded the agency’s capacity and geography, including Fern Hanaway, Dubois Patch and iFactory.
Doyle has been a long-time supporter of the communications profession and established scholarships to minority students interested in entering the profession.
He is the recipient of the Publicity Club of New England’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the Crystal Bell; the Ad Club of Rhode Island’s Person of the Year Award and numerous other honors.
Prior to founding RDW Group, Mr. Doyle was a director of administration for the State of Rhode Island and chief of staff to U.S. Congresswoman Claudine Schneider and Governor Edward DiPrete. He was chairman of the Statewide Planning Commission.