Weber Shandwick loses top financial executive to Gavin Anderson

NEW YORK: Weber Shandwick Worldwide is mulling over its options for

a succession plan following the departure of one of its top financial

executives to Gavin Anderson & Company.



Diane Perry was general manager of the New York office, as well as EVP

and national practice director of financial communications for WSW. She

joins Gavin Anderson as managing director overseeing the financial

communications practice. Her new responsibilities will include managing

the firm's IR practice, developing new business and leading account work

for clients, which include Zurich Financial Services, Pacific Internet

Limited and Prologis Trust.



Possible successors to Perry include Gregory Pettit and Billee Howard,

both SVPs, who are handling the day-to-day operations of the department

while the company searches for a replacement.



Robert Mead, president of Gavin Anderson, said he hired Perry to replace

Scott Tagliarino (who left the firm last month for a corporate position)

because her experience in both corporate and financial relations suited

his firm's integrated approach to financial communications.



Perry said coming to Gavin Anderson is like coming home. 'I went through

the whole inter-galactic agency phase in which the agency got bigger and

bigger and bigger through the mergers and I yearned for an environment

where everyone is doing what I'm doing,' said Perry.



'Now that I'm here, I plan on building a global agency and working

closely with my colleagues around the world.'



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