Michael Murphy has quit his job as deputy chief executive of
Shandwick International. Murphy confirmed the rumour this week, but said
he has not yet decided on his future.
According to Shandwick CEO Scott Meyer, Murphy will remain involved with
the agency until 31 December. Meyer explained that Murphy’s role could
not be filled by just one person.
It is not thought that Murphy’s departure is directly related to Lord
Chadlington’s resignation (PR Week, 26 May). However it is conceivable
that Murphy could join the Shandwick founder in his next venture.
Chadlington is currently making a play for marketing communications
Other rumours are that Murphy has been approached by venture capitalists
to start a new communications group. Murphy used to run his own agency,
Scotland-based PR Consultants, before selling it to Shandwick in
Murphy said: ’It has been an honour to be part of Shandwick for over a
But sources close to Murphy believe that he has become frustrated with
Shandwick’s increasingly American focus as a result of becoming part of
It is an issue to which Meyer says he is extremely sensitive.
When asked about the politics of appointing an American or European to
replace Murphy, he said it was ’foremost in my mind’.
’I feel very strongly about making the team as international as I can,’