Clarke and Lewis both tipped in race for WSW CEO post

Two names have emerged as likely candidates for the vacant UK CEO position at Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

The internal candidate is thought to be Asia-Pacific CEO Alison


She is said to be the unanimous choice of the UK firm's divisional

CEO's; Colin Byrne, Tessa Curtis, Chris Genasi, Charles Lankester and

Cathy Pittham.

Clarke only moved to Singapore 14 months ago and insisted she had not

been approached for the job.

Former royal press secretary Simon Lewis is also tipped. The Shandwick

alumnus denied he had been 'formally interviewed' and stressed he was

'happy as international development director at Centrica'. He met global

CEO Larry Weber earlier this year and is believed to have discussed a

return to the agency.

The appointment is to be made by Lutz Meyer, European CEO, who refused

to comment on individuals.

There are further ructions at WSW's US base. COO Marijean Lauzier,

thought to have had frosty relations with some in the UK team since the

merger late last year, is to leave the agency. She is replaced by

director Cathy Lugbauer.

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