Hill & Knowlton still faces raft of personnel changes

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.

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

employees.



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

division.



Hoog pointed to a series of hires in the DC office, and said the

marketing and public affairs sectors are likely to see significant

personnel additions.



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.



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