H&K prepares for life without Hoog

NEW YORK: Hill & Knowlton's US president and CEO Tom Hoog will

retire at the end of this year, starting a race to fill one of the

biggest jobs in the US PR agency field.

H&K's chairman and CEO Howard Paster told PRWeek that he has started the

search for a replacement for Hoog, 62. 'Tom told me in 1998 that he

planned to retire at the end of 2001. I asked him to remain with the

agency part-time and he has agreed. It's all about (spending time in)

Colorado for Tom,' Paster said.

Sources indicate that H&K's worldwide head of corporate practice, Harlan

Teller, is in the running for the job. Phil Sheldon, H&K's New York GM

and LA chief Ron Hartwig are also in the frame.

- See Editorial, p. 8, and 'Waiting in the Wings,' p. 15.

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