KemperLesnick's PR head resigns

CHICAGO: Jim Martinez has suddenly quit as president of the PR unit at KemperLesnick Communications where he had been hired from Hill & Knowlton in the summer of 1999.

CHICAGO: Jim Martinez has suddenly quit as president of the PR unit at KemperLesnick Communications where he had been hired from Hill & Knowlton in the summer of 1999.

CHICAGO: Jim Martinez has suddenly quit as president of the PR unit at KemperLesnick Communications where he had been hired from Hill & Knowlton in the summer of 1999.

Martinez moved KemperLesnick aggressively into technology PR, but sources in Chicago said that the push came back to haunt the integrated firm when some tech clients left it with unpaid bills as tech stocks tumbled this year.

Martinez told PRWeek earlier this year that he'd brought in dollars 1.7 million in tech business for the agency since his arrival. He also predicted a shakeout among tech PR shops in Chicago, saying many didn't have the expertise to work on tech business (PRWeek, September 25, 2000).

Neither Martinez nor Hud Engelhart, president of KemperLesnick, could be reached for comment on Martinez's departure. Engelhart now will reportedly oversee PR operations.

One Chicago PR source suggested Martinez may have left because a smaller shop like KemperLesnick couldn't give him the support to which he had become accustomed at H&K. But another said his departure followed the loss of a major tech account. A third Chicago tech PR blamed Martinez's departure on unpaid PR fees from tech clients, but added that given his wide range of experience, 'he'll land somewhere' in Chicago sooner, rather than later.

Before starting his PR career, Martinez spent more than 10 years as a journalist with the Chicago Sun-Times.





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