GERMANY: Volker Stoltz, managing director of Shandwick’s
continental Europe and international affiliate networks, is to leave the
agency in June.
He will not be replaced, as Shandwick is reorganising its management
structure in Europe to cut costs. Michael Murphy, chief executive of
Shandwick UK, will now take responsibility for continental Europe. There
has been no decision made yet as to who will oversee the network of 32
It is likely that Shandwick US chief executive Scott Meyer will be
responsible for affiliates in South America; Shandwick Asia chief
executive Charles Lankester will oversee his local affiliates; and
Murphy will oversee Europe and Africa.
Stoltz, 58, handed in his notice in December, before Shandwick announced
its restructure. He said: ’I do not want to be told at 63 ’now you’re
off’.’ He has been with Shandwick since 1988, when it acquired his Bonn
PR firm, Kommunikation.
During his six years as managing director of Shandwick Europe, he built
Shandwick’s network through acquisition and expansion to 14 offices in
six countries. Since 1992, Shandwick’s profits for continental Europe
have trebled, from pounds 400,000 to pounds 1.3 million.
Stoltz oversaw the re-branding of the agency’s acquisitions as they took
on the Shandwick name, including his own, which became Shandwick Germany
After leaving Shandwick, Stoltz intends to find work as an independent
business - as opposed to PR - consultant. Before founding Kommunikation
in 1969, Stoltz was head of PR at German Agricultural Products,
Germany’s food marketing board, which is funded by farmers.
Prior to that he was head of campaigns at the liberal German Free