Wag Ed takes Bostock boss

Chris Talago moves to Waggener Edstrom after just two months with Nelson Bostock.

Waggener Edstrom: Offered Talago a European opportunity that he could not refuse
Waggener Edstrom: Offered Talago a European opportunity that he could not refuse

Nelson Bostock director Chris Talago has defected to rival tech agency Waggener Edstrom after just two months in the job.

Talago joined Nelson Bostock in April from his role as head of comms at manufacturing giant AMD.

He was hired to lead a team of 15, helping to expand the agency's tech arm (PRWeek, 4 April).

But PRWeek understands that Talago quit the agency earlier this month, telling senior bosses at Nelson Bostock that he had been made an offer he could not refuse.

'We understand the offer from Waggener Edstrom was irresistible,' said Nelson Bostock co-founder Martin Bostock.

'But clearly to have a board director leaving after two months was extremely disappointing.'

Talago said: 'I have the greatest respect for the leadership and teams within Nelson Bostock, but the remit with Waggener Edstrom was too good to pass up.'

Talago was asked to depart earlier this month after it emerged he was moving to one of the agency's competitors.

In his new job, Talago will work with other Wag Ed heads to increase the agency's offering across Europe in the remits of technology, public affairs, consumer, corporate and healthcare PR.

He will also have responsibility for Wag Ed clients in the EMEA region.

'This type of role comes around only once every few years, so when it does it is worth grasping and hanging on to it with both hands,' said Talago. 'It is a huge personal opportunity for me as Waggener Edstrom in Europe moves into a new stage in its development.'

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