Powell Tate loses another top exec

WASHINGTON: Powell Tate's executive exodus continued last week with

the departure of 11-year veteran EVP Mike Gelb.

The last founding member to leave - excepting vice chairmen Jody Powell

and Sheila Tate - Gelb will open his own consultancy, Gelb


Other recent high-level defections include Robert Bork Jr., whose firm

Bork & Associates was subsequently folded into Powell Tate, and

president David Krawitz, now the head of APCO's LA office. According to

Tate, decisions on whether to replace them and Gelb will not be made

until the Shandwick-imposed merger with BSMG is complete. The target

date for that is now January 2002.

Tate also refuted the widespread rumors that her company was encouraging

its more expensive executives to leave.

"The fact I'm moving on is more a reflection of where I am in my life

than anything going on in the firm," said Gelb.

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