Williams chosen as head of Fenton

WASHINGTON: Fenton Communications' president David Fenton has bagged a former chief of staff to Hillary Clinton to be president of his agency.

WASHINGTON: Fenton Communications' president David Fenton has bagged a former chief of staff to Hillary Clinton to be president of his agency.

WASHINGTON: Fenton Communications' president David Fenton has bagged a former chief of staff to Hillary Clinton to be president of his agency.

Maggie Williams becomes the highest-ranking African-American in a top 50 PR agency. Her rise ends a two-year search to find a suitable replacement for Fenton, founder of the progressive PR firm known for its work on behalf of nonprofits and environmental and public health issues.

Williams spent four years in the White House before moving to Paris in 1997, where she worked as a communications consultant. Her long record in communications includes periods handling media for cause-oriented groups, including the Children's Defense Fund.

Williams, who joined Fenton in May as a consultant, told PRWeek that in her new role her goals would include helping Fenton move beyond media relations, offering a more complete set of integrated communications services to clients.

Fenton will be assuming the chairmanship, concentrating his efforts on longer-range strategic objectives of the company. These include opening an office in San Francisco next year and building up the fledgling advertising and Web design portions of the business.

'We've proven that a PR firm can work in the public interest and be ethical and profitable,' said Fenton.

According to Fenton, his 18-year-old firm, with offices in DC and New York, has experienced 40% growth over the last year due, at least partly, to rising PR work by nonprofits and foundations.





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