Ketchum left hanging after director departs for smaller Stoorza

SAN DIEGO: Ending a seven-month search, Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger has snagged Ketchum partner David De Pinto for its newly created president and CEO slot.

SAN DIEGO: Ending a seven-month search, Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger has snagged Ketchum partner David De Pinto for its newly created president and CEO slot.

SAN DIEGO: Ending a seven-month search, Stoorza, Ziegaus & Metzger

has snagged Ketchum partner David De Pinto for its newly created

president and CEO slot.



De Pinto, who served as director of Ketchum’s Los Angeles and Sacramento

offices for the past five years, will work alongside Gail Stoorza-Gill,

who remains chairman of the firm, and partner Alan Ziegaus, who focuses

exclusively on public affairs and crisis management accounts.



The move leaves Ketchum with a sizeable void in its California

operations.



John Higgins, a partner/director in the firm’s San Francisco office,

will temporarily assume De Pinto’s role.



Prior to his Ketchum tenure, De Pinto spent almost 10 years with the

now-defunct Pacific/West Communications Group, and previously worked as

director of marketing and PR for Coca-Cola in the 1980s.



De Pinto claims his move from giant Ketchum to the much smaller,

California-based independent was prompted by the challenges involved.

’This is much more of an entrepreneurial company, and that’s what my

focus has always been. I hope to extend the Stoorza brand beyond public

affairs,’ he said.



One source, however, told PRWeek that De Pinto’s management style had

begun to wear thin with Ketchum’s VP-level staffers, and that he had

been told his employment contract was not going to be renewed in

October. This rumor was denied by a Ketchum higher-up, who said that De

Pinto had not been working under contract.



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