Senior MS&L veterans make way for new blood under CEO Capozzi

NEW YORK: After 20 years apiece at Manning Selvage & Lee, Monita

Buchwald, vice chairman and worldwide director of strategic planning,

and Lonny Unger, EVP and managing director of MS&L New York, are

stepping down to serve as consultants to the agency. They will still

report to chairman and CEO Lou Capozzi.

Mike Marino, the current director of creative and strategic development,

has been promoted to managing director of MS&L New York. The agency has

also hired John Bellizzi as chief financial officer.

"John comes from a public-company environment," said Capozzi. "As the PR

industry is increasingly expected to perform at public-company

standards, he's going to prove to be a tremendous asset for us."

Bellizzi joins MS&L from Thomson Corporation, where he was VP of

financial planning and analysis for Thomson Financial. Before that, he

worked at Avon Products, Eli Lilly, and Pepsi.

Marino joined MS&L in January 2000. He will oversee day-to-day

activities in the New York office. As a former creative director

promoted to a top spot, he shares a history with Capozzi, who started

out the same way.

"I'm pleased that Mike is stepping in to management from creative

director," said Capozzi. "As the first one here to do that, it's

gratifying to see him follow in that tradition."

Bellizzi and Marino will also serve in a newly created "office of the

chairman," which will direct the firm's daily activities.

In addition, MS&L has created a new global policy board to guide the

firm's business planning and policy-making.

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