INTERNATIONAL: Stoltz resigns from top Shandwick Europe role

GERMANY: Volker Stoltz, managing director of Shandwick’s continental Europe and international affiliate networks, is to leave the agency in June.

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

affiliate agencies.



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

in 1996.



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

Democratic Party.



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