CHICAGO: Andersen Worldwide has grown impatient with reporters who confuse it with Arthur Andersen, and is trying to help the muddled media figure it out."We have a fairly complex legal and organizational structure,
explained Dave Tabolt, an Andersen partner and spokesman. "It was creating problems for people when we would try and explain it to journalists, and they would get confused about it."
In a nutshell, Arthur Andersen worked for Enron, and was indicted for activities related to that relationship. The company is governed by an administrative board, led by US managing partner Larry Gorrell.
Andersen Worldwide is the coordinating body for all the member firms around the world using the same brand. Each member firm has its own leadership and capital structure.
Here comes the confusing part: Joe Berardino was CEO of Andersen Worldwide until his resignation was announced last month. His resignation was related to the fallout from Enron. Each of Andersen's partners must vote on his replacement.
On Andersen.com, the company's website, a memo was posted, "clarifying the structures and relationship
between the entities.
Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates works for both Andersen and Arthur Andersen. On a media front, the two entities are dealing with quite different issues.
"The main issue we are dealing with at Andersen Worldwide is the effort of many of our member firms to find new places to affiliate around the world with the other Big Five - soon to be Big Four - firms,
Arthur Andersen is dealing with matters relating directly to the Enron investigation.
Tabolt said that the media education effort seems to be working. "As with most things in communications, reporters often don't have the facts, and they get confused or make mistakes early on,
he said. "Then things get better. That's where we are now."