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.