Motorola denies report that it hired Dell employee for chief comm role [updated]

SCHUAMBURG, IL: Motorola is denying a published report that Elizabeth Allen, former VP of corporate communications with Dell, is being hired as its new chief communications officer.

SCHUAMBURG, IL: Motorola is denying a published report that Elizabeth Allen, former VP of corporate communications with Dell, is being hired as its new chief communications officer.

"The story is inaccurate; we haven't made a selection yet," said Margot Brown, senior director of corporate communications with Motorola.

Chicago Tribune marketing columnist Jim Kirk on May 26 reported that "Elizabeth Allen...could be named shortly as chief communications officer at the Schaumburg-based company."

Brown said Motorola does not discuss who it is considering as candidates for open positions and so she could not comment on whether Allen had been approached about the job.

Dwayne Cox, Dell's interim head of global communications, said Allen is still an employee of Dell.

Allen denied the Tribune story but would not comment further about whether or not she has talked to Motorola about the job. In April, Allen was moved out of her VP of corporate communications spot at Dell into an unspecified role with the company.

Allen is known for using PR measurement tools at Dell to gauge the effectiveness of messaging, and Motorola is known in Chicago as a company that stresses PR effectiveness measurement.

"It wouldn't be surprising that someone with her background would be desirable to them," said one Chicago PR source familiar with Allen and Motorola.

Allen joined Dell in 2000 after stints with defense contractors Loral and Raytheon and time as VP of marcomm for Citicorp.

She holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University, which, like Motorola, is in the Chicago area. She sits on the advisory board for the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern.

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