Edelman close to nabbing Lockhart

WASHINGTON: Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is negotiating to join Edelman's highly regarded Washington, DC practice in a part-time capacity.

WASHINGTON: Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is negotiating to join Edelman's highly regarded Washington, DC practice in a part-time capacity.

WASHINGTON: Former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart is negotiating to join Edelman's highly regarded Washington, DC practice in a part-time capacity.

Lockhart, who signed on at software giant Oracle in December, is thought to be working two days a week for chairman and CEO Larry Ellison. He is discussing with both Oracle and Edelman how much time he will have for assignments and ways to avoid conflicts. Edelman counts Microsoft as a client, but it is understood that Lockhart would not work on technology accounts.

Lockhart is friends with Leslie Dach, Edelman vice chairman and DC GM, who took a leave of absence last year to help the White House and the National Security Council develop communications during the Kosovo crisis.

Edelman, Burson-Marsteller and MWW have all been in pursuit of Lockhart, as far back as last May. The former press secretary refused to comment on the speculation.



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