Weber boss Pforzheimer lured by rival Edelman PR

LOS ANGELES: Edelman Public Relations Worldwide has tapped Harry Pforzheimer III as executive vice president and general manager of its Silicon Valley office, the HQ of its Global Technology practice.

LOS ANGELES: Edelman Public Relations Worldwide has tapped Harry Pforzheimer III as executive vice president and general manager of its Silicon Valley office, the HQ of its Global Technology practice.

Pforzheimer was executive vice president general manager at The Weber Group in Palo Alto, where he greatly expanded Weber Worldwide's West Coast technology business. During his two years there, revenues soared from $2.5 million to $9 million and the number of employees jumped from 20 to 80. He was also director of corporate communications at Silicon Graphics for six years, and last year was president of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

Pforzheimer succeeds Paul Bergevin, who has been promoted to work full time on Edelman's hi-tech practice worldwide. 'At Weber I was always competing with Edelman and I finally said 'why fight them? Just join them," said Pforzheimer. He chose Edelman over six other offers, because of its philosophy of 'doing great work for clients first and foremost.'

Weber Group employees seem to agree with Pforzheimer. 'I've already received at least two dozen resumes from people at Weber.'

Pforzheimer will spearhead the day-to-day operations of the Silicon Valley office, Edelman's largest office in the technology group with 45 staff.

He expects to hire 10 to 20 more within the next six months and add new clients.

In January, the office will move from Palo Alto to Mountain View, to accommodate its growth.

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