Nigel Whittaker's two-year tenure as chairman of Burson-Marsteller's UK subsidiary ended just before the new year when Whittaker abruptly resigned his position.
Despite rumors of a falling out between Whittaker and other B-M higher-ups, both sides said the parting was amicable. Whittaker said he will remain 'very good friends' with B-M, while B-M director Annabel James noted Whittaker will continue to do some client work for the firm.
'It was the right decision for everyone involved,' she said.
Both Whittaker and James pointed to the extent of his weekly commitment to B-M as the issue which led to the resignation. Whittaker wanted to reduce his three-days-per-week workload to two, but B-M executives hoped he would increase it to five.
'I wanted more time to fulfill my other commitments effectively and meet a personal objective to spend more time operating from home in Dorset,' said Whittaker.
The firm has not yet named a replacement, though James said an announcement will be made sometime during the month. 'Truthfully, it was a fortuitous time for (the resignation) to take place,' she said, noting the absence of a top executive was less glaring during the holiday time slowdown.
Whittaker has plenty of other projects to keep him busy. He serves as chairman of venture capital fund MTI Partners, the City Gourmets group of coffee shops and credit fraud prevention company Card Clear. Additionally, he is a non-executive director at the DIY Group Wickes.