Lankester quits as WSW shakes up its divisions

Weber Shandwick Worldwide UK financial CEO Charles Lankester has

quit following a divisional shake-up.

The agency has merged its financial practice, previously headed by

Lankester, with its broadcasting and interactive division, headed by

Tessa Curtis, to create a 40-strong team with Curtis as CEO.

Lankester was offered a newly-created role of senior European marketing

director but chose to leave.

He said: 'I would have made a decision to move on whatever happened.

I have been in PR a long time and wanted a break.'

Lankester, who joined the then Shandwick International in 1993 from

Ogilvy, and headed Shandwick Asia from 1997 until 2000, moved to the UK

financial CEO post in February last year (PRWeek, 18 February 2000).

Curtis said the re-organisation would not lead to further staff


Lutz Meyer, WSW European CEO, is still on the hunt for a successor to

departed UK CEO Philip Dewhurst, who left in April. In the interim,

Meyer is overseeing work done by Curtis and the three other London

practice CEOs, Chris Genasi, Colin Byrne and Cathy Pittham.

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