Cohn & Wolfe Atlanta senior management defect to start company

ATLANTA: Cohn & Wolfe has lost a whole tier of senior management from its flagship Atlanta agency to a breakaway, causing a furious worldwide CEO Stephen Aiello to 'pursue all legal options.'

ATLANTA: Cohn & Wolfe has lost a whole tier of senior management from its flagship Atlanta agency to a breakaway, causing a furious worldwide CEO Stephen Aiello to 'pursue all legal options.'

ATLANTA: Cohn & Wolfe has lost a whole tier of senior management from its flagship Atlanta agency to a breakaway, causing a furious worldwide CEO Stephen Aiello to 'pursue all legal options.'

Leading the exodus last week was Atlanta CEO Tony DeMartino, joined by Michael Gavenchak, head of the Critical and Business Communications Group, and Matt Coleman, VP of technology. They have formed a new PR agency called The Titan Network.

Aiello held emergency meetings in the Atlanta office to stabilize the situation, institute a transition team and soothe client and employee concerns.

Aiello told PRWeek he was unaware the media had been contacted, stating that DeMartino lacked the 'courtesy or decency to let us know that he was establishing a company while he was an officer.' Aiello immediately tapped Diana Garza to replace DeMartino.

Titan opened its doors with 10 former C&W staffers as employees.

Aiello said he began having concerns two months ago 'when client service activity and growth in the Atlanta office dropped off.' An internal investigation revealed that the Atlanta execs were establishing a company on C&W time and using company resources.

DeMartino has denied those charges and claimed he did not poach the employee roster. 'They resigned and applied with us,' he said.





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