DaimlerChrysler loses its top PR exec but gains a consulting firm

AUBURN HILLS, MI: Christoph Walther has resigned as SVP in charge

of DaimlerChrysler AG communications to form a new international PR

consulting company with offices in Munich and London.



His departure is effective at the end of the year. His partner in the

new venture will be former colleague Roland Klein, another veteran

Daimler PR executive who left the German-based industrial company just

two years ago to be the communications SVP of Scandinavian electronics

company Ericsson, based in London. Klein has resigned from Ericsson.



Walther will be succeeded at DaimlerChrysler by Hartmut Schick,

currently VP and chief of staff for CEO Juergen Schrempp. Schick, an

engineer by training, is a veteran Mercedes car and Daimler aerospace

business executive.



According to Ken Levy, VP of communications for the Chrysler Group in

Auburn Hills, MI, both Walther and Schick "enjoy the full confidence" of

both Schrempp and the board of management and supervisory board. Neither

Walther nor Levy expects any changes in day-to-day communications

activities.



"Until now, there has been no international PR consulting company in

Germany - only those providing communications services," Walther told

PRWeek.



Significantly, the firm's first new client will be Daimler-Chrysler.



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