Redskins look for PR director - again

WASHINGTON, DC: Communications magnate Dan Snyder may be quite a businessman - his Snyder Communications, Arnold PR’s parent company, recently sold to Havas for dollars 2.1 billion - but his rumored reign of terror as owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins has left the team looking for its fourth PR director in the last year.

WASHINGTON, DC: Communications magnate Dan Snyder may be quite a businessman - his Snyder Communications, Arnold PR’s parent company, recently sold to Havas for dollars 2.1 billion - but his rumored reign of terror as owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins has left the team looking for its fourth PR director in the last year.

WASHINGTON, DC: Communications magnate Dan Snyder may be quite a

businessman - his Snyder Communications, Arnold PR’s parent company,

recently sold to Havas for dollars 2.1 billion - but his rumored reign

of terror as owner of the NFL’s Washington Redskins has left the team

looking for its fourth PR director in the last year.



John Maroon, named VP and director of public and community relations

last August (PRWeek, August 9, 1999), left the team late last month. He

had replaced John Konoza, who quit as director of PR after a mere three

days to return to his former job as GM of a Northern Virginia auto

dealership.



Konoza’s predecessor in the post, Mike McCall, was fired only days after

Snyder’s purchase of the Redskins was approved by NFL owners.



Maroon emphasized that his differences were not with Snyder, but with

others within the organization. He said he would like to return to the

NFL at some point in the future.



Snyder Communications SVP of corporate communications Karl Swanson said

the Redskins have found a new PR director, but the person they have in

mind is currently with another team. He predicted that a hire will be

made within a week or two.



While sources close to the team said the job has been offered to a

number of people - all of whom turned it down, fearing Snyder is

impossible to work for - Swanson dismissed the rumor as ’ludicrous.’ He

also denied reports that employees were being fired at a record pace.



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