DALLAS: Former Weber Shandwick SVP Reg Rowe has joined Dallas-based marketing, branding, and communications firm Idea Grove as SVP.
Rowe is focusing on new business development, proposals, and strategy, he said.
Rowe, who served as an SVP at Weber for more than seven years, said his job was cut in February due to “workforce reduction.” He added that “a few” other staffers also lost their jobs before he left the agency on February 23.
“I'm a little bit older than most of the people there, so it was probably a fairly easy decision to let me go,” he said.
Rowe added that “about eight or nine people” left Weber early this year or late last year to join Hill+Knowlton Strategies.
In February, Weber won a restraining order against H+K, its COO Ken Luce, and EVP Jody Venturoni, accusing them of stealing confidential information, employees, and clients. Luce began working at H+K in January 2011, and Venturoni, also a former Weber employee, started at H+K a year later.
Cathy Calhoun, Weber's president for North America, declined to comment on the job cuts or staffers switching agencies because the issue deals with personnel and litigation matters.
“There is no change in our business in Dallas. We're doing really well. We have good momentum and continue to do great work for clients like American Airlines, General Motors, the US Army, and Motorola Solutions,” said Calhoun. “We're full steam ahead in Dallas and feeling really good about that operation.”
An H+K representative declined to comment on the personnel moves.
While at Weber, Rowe said he “pretty much worked across all the clients” including American Airlines, developing proposals for presentations and responding to RFPs.
Rowe previously served as SVP at Hill & Knowlton from 2001 to 2004. He also worked at Hewlett-Packard and SBC.