Financial Dynamics poaches three top Hill & Knowlton execs for new Chicago office

NEW YORK: Top executives Harlan Teller, Harlan Loeb, and James Sloane are all departing Hill & Knowlton to lead a new Financial Dynamics office in Chicago, the agency announced today.

NEW YORK: Top executives Harlan Teller, Harlan Loeb, and James Sloane are all departing Hill & Knowlton to lead a new Financial Dynamics office in Chicago, the agency announced today.

The Chicago office, FD's fifth in the US, will be led by Teller as general manager. He is currently H&K's chief client officer and president of the global corporate practice.

Loeb, H&K's US director of the Litigation Services Asset Group, has been named head of litigation communications in FD's Chicago office.

Sloane, H&K's head of the CSR practice as well as the Chicago corporate practice, joins as an SVP.

In a statement, FD-US CEO Declan Kelly said, "Under Harlan Teller's leadership, we expect the Chicago office to quickly establish FD as one of the leading communication consultancies in the region." He added that FD plans more personnel announcements for the new office in the near future.

Lily Loh, H&K's director of business development and marketing, said Teller would be leaving the agency in early April. US corporate practice head Ron Hartwig will "become more active" in Teller's absence, she said.

H&K will name a temporary replacement for Teller soon, Loh said, and is planning a search for a permanent replacement. She did not have any immediate comment on possible replacements for Loeb and Sloane.

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