By Dan McGowan
Michael Doyle, the founder of RDW Group – one Rhode Island’s largest public relations firms – is retiring, WPRI.com has learned.
“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,” Doyle said in a statement. “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.”
Doyle was chief of staff to former Gov. Ed DiPrete, who served from 1985 to 1991. Doyle’s brother Daniel has been ensnared in controversy due to financial problems at his nonprofit Institute for International Sport.
James Malachowski, RDW’s chief operating officer, has been promoted to chairman and Jim Pontarelli will remain president, the company said.
RDW has consulted on the Providence Place Mall project, the rebranding of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the expansions of T.F. Green Airport and the Central Landfill. Last year, RDW led the referendum campaign to expand table gaming at Twin River.