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
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
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
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