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
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.