Elliot Schreiber, senior VP of corporate marketing and communications at telecom giant Nortel Networks, resigned his post last month but will continue to consult for the company while he ponders his next career step.
Schreiber, who joined Nortel in April 1995, told PRWeek that personal issues were the primary impetus for his resignation, effective January 1, but admitted that professional differences with new management played a part as well. When Ontario-based Nortel acquired Bay Networks last year, corporate PR and marketing came under the command of executive VP of marketing William Conner.
While maintaining that he had been thinking of leaving for some time for personal reasons, Schreiber said he disagreed with 'the direction things were going in regards to the company's view of what it needed and what I felt (corporate) communications should be. It was time to step aside.'
When asked about his plans, Schreiber said he was mulling several options: moving to a US-based corporation; returning to teach at the University of Delaware; or setting up his own consultancy business.
He said he has been contacted by several US companies, only one of which was a telecom firm. Schreiber was a professor at Delaware from 1976 to 1980, where he developed the school's advertising curriculum. Teaching and running his own consultancy simultaneously is also an option, he added.
A Nortel spokesman said a replacement had not been named, and declined to discuss a timetable for filling the post. 'Nortel is not going to replace me,' Schreiber said. 'My marketing responsibilities have been divvied up.'
In the meantime, Schreiber will remain a Nortel employee, at his current salary level. In addition to consulting for Nortel, he said he is free to consult outside clients.