Tenneco taps first global head of PR

LAKE FOREST, IL: Tenneco Automotive, a company created earlier this month when the former Tenneco Inc. separated its packaging and auto parts businesses into two companies, has hired its first VP of global communications, luring Jim Spangler away from Arthur Andersen.

LAKE FOREST, IL: Tenneco Automotive, a company created earlier this month when the former Tenneco Inc. separated its packaging and auto parts businesses into two companies, has hired its first VP of global communications, luring Jim Spangler away from Arthur Andersen.

LAKE FOREST, IL: Tenneco Automotive, a company created earlier this

month when the former Tenneco Inc. separated its packaging and auto

parts businesses into two companies, has hired its first VP of global

communications, luring Jim Spangler away from Arthur Andersen.



Spangler had been Andersen’s director of media and PR, and previously

worked in Amoco’s PR department.



The Deerfield, IL-based recruitment firm Meder & Associates led the

executive search process.



In his new post, Spangler has been charged with assembling a

communications department for Tenneco and reviewing existing PR agency

relationships, according to SVP of global administration Mike Schneider.

Spangler will report directly to Tenneco’s CEO.



In recent months, Tenneco has been criticized by analysts and the

business media, who allege the company took an inordinate amount of time

to spin off its packaging business. Spangler’s first task, then, may be

crafting a communications message that distances the new automotive

offshoot from the company’s past problems. Among the firms who are

working for Tenneco or have worked with the company in the past are

Porter Novelli and Hedge & Co.



Andersen has not yet hired Spangler’s replacement. Managing partner for

communications and integrated marketing Matt Gonring is said to be

heading the search process.



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