CJRW Names Wayne Woods Chairman, CEO

When Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods of Little Rock begins celebrating its 50th year as an agency on Oct. 15, it will do so with a new CEO at its helm. The firm announced on Monday that Wayne Woods has been named chairman and will serve as the company's sixth chief executive officer.

Woods has been interim CEO since May, when then-CEO David Martin announced his resignation.

The board of directors at CJRW, in addition to announcing Woods's new position, also named Steve Allen, the agency's chief financial officer and current board member, to the company's executive committee.

In all, seven members were added to an expanded board of directors:

  • Scott Caldwell, vice president of marketing services;
  • Jay Cranford, senior vice president and creative director;
  • Brian Kratkiewicz, senior vice president/director of media and interactive;
  • Jordan Johnson, vice president/director of public policy;
  • Karen Mullikin, senior vice president/director of account services;
  • Denver Peacock, vice president/director of public relations;
  • and Brenda Worm, vice president/director of operations.

These new members bring the board of directors to a total of 15.

Woods began his career in 1971 with The Woods Brothers Agency, which later merged with Cranford Johnson Robinson Associates to form Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods.

In a news release, Woods expressed his excitement at being named to his new position.

"It's a tremendous honor to be asked to lead CJRW during this important time in our firm's history," he said. "As we celebrate our heritage and embrace our future, I am thankful for the current leaders of the agency who will be joining me on the board of directors." 

Martin's resignation coincided with the departure of four other CJRW employees. He is now president and CEO of Martin-Wilbourn Partners, a marketing and communications firm that he started with former Alltel executive Randy Wilbourn.

In addition to Wilbourn, who is chairman, other Martin-Wilbourn Partners' employees include Mitch Chandler, Mac Stroud, Andrew Moreau and Leslie Heizman, all of whom are former CJRW employees.