WeberMcGinn, Weber PR Worldwide attempt to silence rumors

ARLINGTON, VA: While the shift of WeberMcGinn litigation practice chief Don Goldberg over to Weber PR Worldwide’s hi-tech group has been interpreted as a sign of trouble between WM and its parent company, agency execs went out of their way last week to downplay any problems - as well as to discredit rumors of a clash between Dan McGinn and Larry Weber.

ARLINGTON, VA: While the shift of WeberMcGinn litigation practice chief Don Goldberg over to Weber PR Worldwide’s hi-tech group has been interpreted as a sign of trouble between WM and its parent company, agency execs went out of their way last week to downplay any problems - as well as to discredit rumors of a clash between Dan McGinn and Larry Weber.

ARLINGTON, VA: While the shift of WeberMcGinn litigation practice

chief Don Goldberg over to Weber PR Worldwide’s hi-tech group has been

interpreted as a sign of trouble between WM and its parent company,

agency execs went out of their way last week to downplay any problems -

as well as to discredit rumors of a clash between Dan McGinn and Larry

Weber.



Though rumors persist that WM will be formally absorbed by Weber PR

Worldwide (they currently operate independently) and that McGinn and

Weber are caught up in a personal power struggle, execs from both firms

took pains to paint a picture of a happy family.



’Combining the two firms into one has been completely ruled out,’ McGinn

said. ’We’ll be looking at some adjustments, but we have very different

businesses. Merging would blur the lines.’



McGinn also dismissed rumors that he might be pushed aside or leave the

agency, and said that his day-to-day role is greater than ever. ’We’ve

had the strongest quarter in our history,’ he said. ’The challenge for

us is where we want to grow.’



Weber Group president and CEO Marijean Lauzier and WM SVP Lane Bailey

added that despite Goldberg’s departure, the WM litigation practice

remains healthy. Goldberg had assumed the helm of the practice when Kent

Jarrell left last month for APCO Associates.



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