Allison adds staff from winding-down Gogerty Marriott in Seattle

Longtime colleagues David Marriott and Joel VanEtta are both joining Allison+Partners in its Seattle office.


SEATTLE: Allison+Partners has expanded its corporate practice in Seattle with the appointment of Gogerty Marriott cofounder David Marriott as MD of reputation risk, effective immediately.

In the newly created position, Marriott is reporting to Matthew Della Croce, senior partner and global head of corporate at Allison+Partners. Marriott is responsible for growing the firm’s corporate and crisis expertise and talent.

Marriott will work alongside longtime colleague Joel VanEtta, who also joined Allison+Partners in the new role of corporate SVP in Seattle. Both had worked at Gogerty Marriott since 1987. VanEtta is reporting to Marriott.

Gogerty Marriott’s other cofounder, Bob Gogerty, died last August. He was credited with spearheading efforts to build the Seattle Seahawks current stadium in Seattle, as well as gaining funding for a light-rail system.

Marriott and VanEtta have brought the clients they worked with at Grogerty Marriott to Allison. Specific details about the accounts were not disclosed.

With the departures of Marriott and VanEtta and the passing of Gogerty, the agency is "winding down," Marriott explained.

He cited Allison’s "depth and breadth of talent" as a reason for joining the firm.

Marriott was a journalist prior to cofounding Gogerty Marriott. He served as an Emmy-winning TV news reporter for Seattle CBS affiliate KIRO-TV. Marriott also previously held the role of press secretary for former Seattle Mayor Wes Uhlman.

Prior to Gogerty Marriott, VanEtta also worked in the media as a reporter, photographer, and editor for the Tri-City Herald.

Last month, Allison+Partners made another senior-level corporate hire. It brought on Tom Smith, who previously worked at Ogilvy Public Relations for more than 10 years, as MD of corporate reputation in New York. The role was also new at the firm.

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