SEATTLE: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is shuffling its
public affairs team.
In a newly created role, Trevor Neilson will position foundation
grantees as world leaders in their respective fields. Replacing Neilson
as director of public affairs is Joe Cerrell, who will come on board May
The moves will prolong the foundation's current PR agency search.
Neilson said no decisions will be made on which of the eight firms
currently pitching will be shortlisted.
Cerrell, former assistant press secretary to Al Gore, has worked for two
of the eight firms vying for the business, APCO and Pyramid
Communications. However, Neilson claimed no conflict existed.