NEW YORK: Aegis-owned market research group Synovate has promoted Robert Skolnick to chief executive of its US operations.

The former evp of Synovate US and Synovate Healthcare will be based in New York. His elevation comes after a 21-year career at Aegis and twenty-six years in market research.

Skolnick is credited with expanding Synovate's specialist US divisions and practices. He replaces Robert Philpott, who hitherto held the dual roles of ceo Synovate US and global chief operating officer. Philpott will now focus fulltime on global issues.