Nortel cuts PR, while comms VP is in frame for Sun job

ONTARIO, CANADA: Nortel Networks has suspended several PR programs

in the US, Europe, and Asia, and plans to review its programs in

2002.



The company said this doesn't spell an end to its relationship with

global agency of record, Fleishman-Hillard. "Nortel Networks is fully

satisfied with the services we receive from Fleishman," said David

Chamberlin, director of global communications for Nortel.



PRWeek UK reported that Fleishman's London office is cutting staff due

to the reduced workload. But Bill Pendergast, SVP and partner in the DC

office, said no other job reductions are involved.



Meanwhile, Andy Lark, Nortel's VP of corporate communications, is

denying strong industry rumors that he is considering an offer from Sun

Microsystems.



PRWeek reported in August that Sun was looking for a VP of corporate

communications.



"I'm still happily employed at Nortel," said Lark.



Elizabeth McNichols, who handles PR for Sun's senior management team,

responded to questions by e-mail. "Sun has not hired anyone to head up

corporate communications. Jeremy Barnish is still running the

department."



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