Tim Donovan Joins Actual Agency As President

Industry veteran Tim Donovan has been named president of Actual Agency with more than 35 years of experience in the technology communications industry.

Tim Donovan most recently led global communications for ComplyAdvantage.

SAN FRANCISCO — Industry veteran Tim Donovan has been named president of Actual Agency.

Donovan has spent much of his 35-year career in communications focused on technology. He most recently led global comms for ComplyAdvantage, an anti-money laundering technology company, and for financial platform Fundbox before that.

He also is the author of “Narrative Generation,” a book on leveraging the power of narrative for business transformation.

Donovan succeeds Kate Corcoran, who left Actual in June after six months in the president role — and more than four years total at the agency. She is now a Highwire senior VP.

Since Corcoran’s departure, Actual founder and CEO Michael Young has been serving as interim president, a position he first vacated in late 2017 to serve as president and CEO of his agency holding group, Millwright Holdings.

Millwright currently includes three agencies — Actual, Bolt PR and Warner. Young, along with Berlin-based Tilo Bonow, also launched MXP Ventures, a $10 million venture fund to fuel new agencies worldwide.

“Tim is a unique thinker in the space of narrative design and how it elevates corporate reputation and drives value for the business,” Young said. “Which is why I am thrilled and honored to have him on our team.”

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