CHICAGO: Visa USA is reportedly considering Chicago PR veteran Hud
Engelhart to fill its top US communications post.
Engelhart, president of KemperLesnick, had no comment on a report in the
Chicago Tribune that he and Visa were in negotiations.
Visa is considering several candidates but no decision has been
John Onoda left his EVP post heading up Visa USA communications early
this year to become SVP and chief communications officer with Charles
Schwab. (PRWeek, January 29, 2001).
Engelhart is a longtime fixture on the Chicago PR scene and many who
know him doubted he would leave the market. But some speculated that
this would be a good time for him to move on.
Engelhart has been trying to rebuild the PR practice at KemperLesnick
after its ill-fated foray into technology PR last year. The firm shut
its tech PR practice this year after suffering losses from dot-com
clients that didn't pay their bills.