WASHINGTON — APCO Worldwide is restructuring its US operation, creating four regional hubs designed to foster growth and innovation.

The hubs focus on the country's North, South, Mid-Atlantic and West regions, with the goal of helping clients navigate the geographic areas’ most pressing issues — corporate leadership; social, culture and behavioral changes; political discord and the November elections; and advancing innovation and disruptive business models among them.

President Evan Kraus will lead the Mid-Atlantic hub, while Chicago and Raleigh managing directors Matt Gallagher and Courtney Crowder will lead the West and South regional operations respectively. APCO will be hiring a leader to head the North hub.

“Covid-19 has really shown us that we are not a series of only offices, but we truly work as one team, regardless of location,” said APCO North America president Kelly Williamson (pictured). “These hubs will allow APCO employees to further better come together as a region so we always provide clients with industry-leading outcomes, in a faster and more consolidated manner.”

APCO also said that New York managing director Marc Johnson will leave APCO on September 25 to lead corporate communications at an unspecified technology company. Seattle managing director Tim Smith will leave the company on October 2. “I will miss working with these dynamic leaders but I wish them the very best in their next chapter of their distinguished careers,” Williamson said.

Internally, the firm is launching a global offering for employees, aimed at boosting individuals’ career opportunities and development. The global resource management team is being led by corporate comms practice head Joanna London for North America; VP Laura O’Leary for Europe; and senior director Samer El Hachem for MENA and Asia.