McGinn to spawn his own shop, distinct from Weber

ARLINGTON, VA: The marriage of Golin/Harris and Weber-McGinn has spawned an even newer company, as Weber Public Relations Worldwide president and vice chairman Dan McGinn is staging a breakaway.

ARLINGTON, VA: The marriage of Golin/Harris and Weber-McGinn has spawned an even newer company, as Weber Public Relations Worldwide president and vice chairman Dan McGinn is staging a breakaway.

ARLINGTON, VA: The marriage of Golin/Harris and Weber-McGinn has spawned an even newer company, as Weber Public Relations Worldwide president and vice chairman Dan McGinn is staging a breakaway.

His new company will be called The McGinn Group and will specialize in crisis and litigation communications. The new firm will still be part of Interpublic's Allied Communications Group.

Asked whether his departure from the new mix of G/H and Weber McGinn was to avoid clashing with another strong-willed visionary, Larry Weber, McGinn replied: 'Quite the contrary. Larry and I will still be working together.'

McGinn predicted the shop will start small, with eight to 10 staff bolstered by a network of consultants and on-call specialists.

The formation of the company is not surprising to McGinn's acquaintances.

He is said to love running his own show, and he confirmed that he is 'an entrepreneur at heart.'

McGinn achieved success as a Capitol Hill aide before starting a small company in 1987 that eventually evolved into Weber McGinn. He is known for his skill in working with senior corporate management facing crises and sticky legal situations. He is not only considered to be good at defining solutions to such problems, but also to have the inner political skills and contacts required to persuade executives to agree to them.

McGinn is also famed for his tact and discretion - an essential quality for crisis and litigation communications.

Kent Jerrall, a former employee of McGinn's, predicts that his ex-boss will be a top-level competitor in crisis and litigation communications.

'I know how good he is,' said Jarrell, now a senior vice president at APCO.

G/H strengthened its public affairs capability in DC even further this week with its acquisition of The MWW Group (see page 1).





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