WASHINGTON, DC: Hill & Knowlton is still playing catch-up following a summer of changes in personnel.
WASHINGTON, DC: Hill & Knowlton is still playing catch-up following
a summer of changes in personnel.
The agency has yet to replace Tom Buckmaster, a major presence in the
firm’s DC office. CEO Tom Hoog, however, predicted that the general
manager of the DC office/public affairs chairman position formerly held
by Buckmaster will now be split between two individuals.
H&K’s New York office has also been hit with a series of departures.
Pat Carle, senior managing director of the corporate division, and Mike
Greenhouse, director of editorial services, have recently left. At the
same time, however, the firm is beefing up its ranks of mid-level
Hoog says there are more comings than goings, but adds: ’We’re making
sure we have the necessary skill sets to be accountable to the needs of
the marketplace in the next year and beyond,’ he said. He pointed to the
New York office, which is placing greater emphasis on its dot.com and
pharmaceutical practices. In the latter sector, Hoog predicted that the
pharmaceutical group will have expanded by eight to 10 by September. He
is also rumored to be looking for a new addition to the office’s media
Hoog pointed to a series of hires in the DC office, and said the
marketing and public affairs sectors are likely to see significant
One recent catch was David Groobert, who becomes a managing director of
H&K’s marketing group in Washington, DC. Also joining the group are
ex-Ketchum staffers Melisssa Maughan and Kristin Francini.