NEW YORK: Leslie Gaines-Ross, Burson-Marsteller’s chief knowledge and research officer worldwide, is leaving the agency for Weber Shandwick, according to multiple sources.
The agency would not comment on what firm she was joining, but Mark Penn, worldwide CEO, said in a release, "We appreciate Leslie's many contributions to our company and wish her well. We are a company grounded in strategic research and will continue to innovate and produce award-winning work that benefits our clients and puts us at the forefront of trends and global issues."
Gaines-Ross, who worked for Burson for ten years, joined from Fortune, where she was communications and marketing director.
Ame Wadler, chief strategic innovation and integration officer, will helm Burson's Insights and Ideas Group (IIG), in the interim. It is unknown if Gaines-Ross will be replaced. Weber Shandwick could not be immediately reached.