Hayslett lures old allies away from Porter Novelli and Chauncey

ATLANTA: Hayslett Sorrel last week reinforced its staff by hiring away two established pros from Porter Novelli and The Chauncey Group.

ATLANTA: Hayslett Sorrel last week reinforced its staff by hiring away two established pros from Porter Novelli and The Chauncey Group.

ATLANTA: Hayslett Sorrel last week reinforced its staff by hiring

away two established pros from Porter Novelli and The Chauncey

Group.



Former PN/Atlanta SVP David Morrison and Chauncey public affairs pro

Jack Burris - both colleagues of Hayslett partner Charlie Hayslett from

their days working in and covering the Jimmy Carter gubernatorial

administration - have joined the firm as VPs, upping the Atlanta-based

agency’s hi-tech and public affairs capabilities.



Morrison, who launched PN/Atlanta in 1995 after opening the local office

of the firm’s hi-tech partner Copithorne & Bellows a year earlier, had

led PN’s day-to-day operations until the hiring of GM Kathy Bremer in

January.



’David and I are both recovering journalists,’ said Hayslett. The two

were previously friendly rivals at crosstown newspapers and have

remained close over the last 25 years.



Morrison’s presence will likely jump-start the agency’s hi-tech

offerings.



’We’ve done some hi-tech, but we haven’t carved out a niche,’ said

Hayslett.



’We’re fortunate that we were able to lure David away from Porter

Novelli.’



Burris, recruited from Chauncey by Hayslett and partner Mary Sorrel, is

expected to help turn the agency into one of the definitive public

affairs practices in Atlanta.



Burris previously served as director of intergovernmental affairs for

three Atlanta state governors and co-founded a public affairs shop,

Davis Burris & Associates. During the 1980s, he also served as deputy

director of the Democratic Policy Commission.



Not unlike his past history with Hayslett, Burris has also crossed paths

with Sorrel before. In the late 1980s, both worked at Professional

Training Systems (now known as the Interactive Health Network).



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