INTERNATIONAL NEWS: NATO spokesperson Shea on verge of joining Burson

LONDON: NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea is on the verge of quitting his job to join the London board of Burson-Marsteller, sources told PRWeek last week.

LONDON: NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea is on the verge of quitting his job to join the London board of Burson-Marsteller, sources told PRWeek last week.

LONDON: NATO spokesperson Jamie Shea is on the verge of quitting

his job to join the London board of Burson-Marsteller, sources told

PRWeek last week.



While senior Burson execs refused to comment on mounting industry

speculation about Shea’s professional future, negotiations between the

two parties have reportedly gone on for more than a month.



Shea, who declined to comment on individual job offers, acknowledged

that he has been contacted by a handful of suitors. ’Since Kosovo, there

has been repeated speculation that I am to quit,’ he said. ’I’ve had

offers, but for now I am committed to NATO. Let the speculators

speculate.’



The deal almost collapsed last week when Shea suddenly expressed

reluctance to uproot his family from Brussels, where his wife serves as

European director of the International Organization of the Phonographic

Industry.



But as PRWeek went to press, Shea was still meeting with senior Burson

executives, although he has not formally agreed to join the agency.



Despite criticism of his role in justifying NATO blunders in the

Balkans, Shea won international recognition for his handling of the

crisis.



If Shea decides to leave NATO, his deputy, former BBC defense reporter

Mark Laity, will likely take over on an interim basis until a successor

is found.



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