Golin NY corporate comms lead Papajohn steps down

GolinHarris New York corporate communications lead Gregory Papajohn has stepped down, with Tony Telloni taking over his role in the interim.

NEW YORK: GolinHarris New York corporate communications lead Gregory Papajohn has stepped down, with Tony Telloni taking over his role in the interim.

Telloni replaced Papajohn, who had been executive director of the firm's corporate practice in New York since June 2010, in the role at the start of the year. Telloni is continuing in his prior role as MD of the firm's New York office, reporting to Gary Rudnick, president of the Americas.

Telloni joined Golin from Burson-Marsteller last June, succeeding Jennifer Cohan, who left the agency in December 2012 to chair Edelman's global consumer practice. His main responsibilities include driving growth, overseeing major accounts in the New York office, and handling day-to-day business operations and new business opportunities.

“[Papajohn] left Golin to pursue his passion of social purpose,” Telloni said. He could not confirm if Papajohn had departed for a role at another agency.

Papajohn was not immediately available for comment.

Although Golin is actively looking for a replacement, the firm is not putting a timeframe on the search, according to Telloni.

“We have a growing corporate client base in the New York office, and we are looking for a dynamic leader who is going to bring a great deal of energy, experience, and enthusiasm to the corporate sector here,” he said. “Further, we want that person to work collaboratively with our corporate practice leaders in other offices.”

Prior to Golin, Papajohn was a director and member of the senior management team at Emanate, where he led corporate and consumer marketing PR for Bank of America.

Last month, Stolichnaya Premium Vodka distributor Stoli Group USA selected Golin as its AOR following a competitive review, and Reckitt Benckiser hired GolinHarris London to handle the PR launch of its food supplement, MegaRed Omega-3 Krill Oil, in the UK.

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