Wolff departure opens MD slot at New York office of Golin Harris

NEW YORK: Golin/Harris International is searching for a new managing director for the New York office following the departure of Richard Wolff.

NEW YORK: Golin/Harris International is searching for a new managing director for the New York office following the departure of Richard Wolff.

Golin CEO Rich Jernstedt called Wolff's leaving "a joint idea."

"He was ready to move on to another challenge, feeling he had done what he set out to do with our New York office," Jernstedt said. "He feels like he's ready for his next challenge."

Wolff joined the agency five years ago from Kekst & Company. He was brought on board to beef up Golin's financial communications business.

Golin's New York business was hit hard by the loss of IBM last year, reporting a 36% drop in overall revenues to $20.5 million, according to the PRWeek/Council of PR Firms rankings.

Jernstedt is looking for people with New York experience, experience in working with large international clients, and a background in corporate, financial, and marketing PR. "We think it will be an outside hire," he said.

Shep Doniger, hired only two months ago as deputy MD in New York, will serve as acting managing director until a replacement for Wolff is found.

Jaime dePinies, MD of Golin's Madrid office and its chief economist, will become worldwide director of the financial communications and IR practice, another post Wolff had held. With dePinies' appointment, the practice has been expanded to include London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

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