Weber VP Neumann dies in plane crash in Michigan

Christopher Neumann, a VP at Weber Shandwick for the last three years, was one of two men killed in a plane crash on Monday morning in Michigan.

DETROIT: Christopher Neumann, a VP at Weber Shandwick for the last three years, was one of two men killed in a plane crash on Monday morning in Michigan.  

Neumann, 38, was flying in a corporate plane with Todd Lloyd, the 51-year-old president of Chair Covers & Linens, who was also killed, according to reports.

“Chris Neumann was a deeply valued colleague, gifted professional, and friend,” said Jennifer Norton, SVP of corporate communications at Weber, in a statement. “He produced superb work for Weber Shandwick and for our client and partner General Motors. We, like many others, are grieving at this tragic loss, and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

The plane, which was registered to Chair Covers & Linens, crashed at about 7 am on Monday in Charlevoix County, MI. Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are looking into the incident, according to reports.

Prior to joining Weber's Detroit team in September 2011, Neumann worked at privately held staffing company Allegis Group for more than nine years, serving as senior project coordinator for GM's global communications efforts, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Before that, Neumann spent about four years as a producer for Surtsey Productions and nearly two years as an associate producer at InSync Interactive Communications. 

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