A key behind-the-scenes figure in Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration has retired.
Ken Eudy has served as Cooper’s senior advisor since the Democrat took office in 2017. He’d previously had a long career in public relations, founding and leading the Raleigh firm Capstrat (later bought by New York-based Ketchum) as CEO for many years.
Before that, he served as executive director of the N.C. Democratic Party and worked as a journalist for the Charlotte Observer.
After Cooper was elected governor in 2016, Eudy led his transition team before shifting to the advisor role. He was rarely in the public eye but was an influential figure in many key programs and decisions made by the administration.
“Ken Eudy brought vast experience in the business world to our office and was instrumental in helping recruit major companies and moving North Carolina in the right direction,” Cooper said in a written statement on Wednesday. “He is a forceful advocate for our state and its people, we are grateful for his work and stronger for his service.”