DALLAS: Weber Shandwick Southwest has promoted EVP Neil Nowlin to GM of the agency's Dallas, Austin, and Houston offices, replacing the firm's former Southwest president Jody Venturoni, who joined Hill+Knowlton Strategies as EVP in January.
Shortly after Venturoni's appointment to EVP, Weber sought and was granted a temporary restraining order against Hill+Knowlton, Venturoni, and COO Ken Luce, also a former Weber employee, for allegedly stealing confidential information, clients, and employees. In February, a Dallas district judge extended the restraining order through May 4.
As GM, Nowlin, who has been at the firm since 2003, will report directly to Cathy Calhoun, president of Weber Shandwick North America. Prior to joining Weber, he served as a senior associate at Burson-Marsteller for three years.
"I'm confident that Neil is going to be able to help us continue the momentum that we've had in the region," said Calhoun.
In addition to Nowlin's promotion, the Southwest operation has appointed SVP Dawn Kahle to deputy GM. Kahle, who has worked at Weber for 10 years and has handled consumer, healthcare, and consumer technology accounts, will support Nowlin in his new role.
Calhoun said Nowlin and Kahle will work together on "integrating with the overall Weber Shandwick North America network to really bring the power of what Weber Shandwick has to offer" to the agency's clients in Dallas.
Weber Southwest also promoted SVP Ryan Mikolasik to EVP and client relationship leader for American Airlines. Interim GM Dave Nieland has been appointed to head of the Southwest technology practice.