Ericsson seeks a new comms SVP as Klein departs

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN: Ericsson is looking for a new global SVP of

communications following the resignation of Roland Klein.



Klein is launching his own PR agency with Christoph Walther, former

DaimlerChrysler PR head. The automaker will be the new firm's first

client.



Now Ericsson is searching for someone to take charge of its in-house

international team of 60, including external and internal

communications, as well as IR.



Ericsson is also transferring Gary Pinkham, the company's American

director of IR, to Stockholm so he can work more closely with the CEO

and new COO. Ericsson is hoping Pinkham will bring some of the American

IR culture to Europe.



"Gary is highly rated in the US, and we want to have the same

first-quality exposure in Europe too," Klein said. "Many of the analysts

who cover us are based in London."



The SVP position also includes managing agency relationships, which are

not likely to change anytime soon. "We don't believe in global agencies,

but in competencies where the market is," Klein said. Ericsson retains

Atlanta firm Interland in the US.



Klein, who is based in London, will be leaving his position early next

year, depending on the recruitment of his successor. It is not yet known

where the new SVP will be working. Klein said he typically spends about

70% of his time in Stockholm.



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