Stoorza loses CEO in latest departure

SAN DIEGO: Stoorza Communications president and CEO David De Pinto,

who joined the California public affairs powerhouse from Ketchum in

1999, has quit after just two years.



According to chairman Gail Stoorza-Gill, De Pinto resigned last week 'to

pursue other opportunities.'



Patrick O'Reilly, EVP and GM of Stoorza's Inland Empire office, has

replaced De Pinto as president, while Stoorza-Gill has reassumed CEO

responsibilities.



In his new role, O'Reilly will serve as a member of the agency

management committee as well as continuing his duties as general manager

for the Riverside, CA, office.



Since De Pinto's arrival, the agency has grown in size and expanded into

new areas such as hi-tech and biotech, reporting about dollars 10

million in fee income for 2000.



De Pinto's defection is the most recent in a series of high-level

departures at Stoorza during the past few years. Formerly known as

Stoorza Ziegaus & Metzger, the agency lost former partner Alan Ziegaus

in February 2000 after he left to start his own firm. Long-time public

affairs expert and partner Dennis Hunt also left in 2000.



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