Capitoline loses Pucie, Hirshberg succeeds as CEO

WASHINGTON DC: Charles Pucie, managing director and CEO, has resigned from Capitoline International, a company he and other Washington-based Hill & Knowlton executives formed in 1991.

WASHINGTON DC: Charles Pucie, managing director and CEO, has resigned from Capitoline International, a company he and other Washington-based Hill & Knowlton executives formed in 1991.

Pucie is moving to the non-profit arena as director of external affairs for the Knights of Columbus.

Succeeding Pucie as CEO is Jennefer Hirshberg, who joined Capitoline from Henry J. Kaufman in 1992 as managing director of PR services.

Capitoline experienced a rocky start when H&K sued former executives, accusing them of luring clients and H&K employees to their new venture, Interscience Communications.

In subsequent years, Capitoline sold Interscience and one of the founders, John Seng, moved on to start Spectrum Science.

With the separation of Capitoline and Manning, Selvage and Lee in July, and now Pucie's departure, there is speculation that Capitoline, with its international business, will be a prime target for a merger or acquisition.

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