Murphy to quit Shandwick for fresh initiative

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.

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

group Huntsworth.



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

1989.



Murphy said: ’It has been an honour to be part of Shandwick for over a

decade.’



But sources close to Murphy believe that he has become frustrated with

Shandwick’s increasingly American focus as a result of becoming part of

Interpublic.



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,’

he said.



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