PALO ALTO, CA: The head of Edelman's $30 million global technology practice has left the agency to pursue other opportunities in Silicon Valley.
Paul Bergevin, formerly hi-tech EVP and global managing director, joined in 1994 from IBM and played a key role in building the global technology practice. The firm said hi-tech clients account for around 25% its portfolio.
'The primary motivation (for leaving) was that I wanted to do something more entrepreneurial,' Bergevin said.
Insiders have speculated that Bergevin has his sights set on a position with a Silicon Valley hi-tech start-up or a consulting role, though he said he has no concrete professional plans.
Among Bergevin's prominent assignments at Edelman was advising Time Warner during a DVD format battle.
Bergevin's former post will be split between his two deputies, Miller Bonner and Harry Pforzheimer, who step up to become co-managing directors.
Bonner will take charge of hi-tech operations in New York and Europe, while Pforzheimer will work on West Coast- and Asia-based clients.