NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick Worldwide has bypassed internal
candidates and hired three new EVPs from outside - two from other
agencies and one from a corporation.
John Lovallo has been appointed EVP of corporate and IR, having
previously served as SVP and director of IR and financial communications
at Ogilvy PR. He replaces Diane Perry, who left WSW for Gavin Anderson
at the end of April (PRWeek, April 30).
Lisa Travatello has been appointed EVP of consumer and creative
She comes from Porter Novelli, where she served as SVP of business
development and creativity.
Finally, Jack Domeischel, who served as global head of marketing
communications for biotech firm The Ares-Serono Group has parleyed
recent consulting work for WSW into the job of EVP of healthcare.
All three will lead their respective practices and will report to New
York managing director Paul Costello. Their main charge will be
attracting new business.
Costello said he looked at current staff to fill the EVP jobs, but
instead decided to hire from the outside, explaining that this would
bring the agency new blood and new ideas. 'Adding outside thinking and
people who bring a new perspective, especially in a challenging economic
time, is critical.'