Bob McIlvaine: Beyond His Years in Talent and Passion
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Bob McIlvaine: Beyond His Years in Talent and Passion

Bob McIlvaine, a former Burson-Marsteller executive who had recently joined the corporate media relations group at Merrill Lynch, was among those positively identified and confirmed dead in the wake of the World Trade Center attack.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK, September 13—Bob McIlvaine, a former Burson-Marsteller executive who had recently joined the corporate media relations group at Merrill Lynch, was among those positively identified and confirmed dead in the wake of the World Trade Center attack. He had been attending a conference on the 106th floor of One World Trade Center.
 
At B-M, McIlvaine was a senior associate in the brand marketing practice, where he specialized in business-to-business communications, with a focus on financial services and financial and technology media strategy. His clients included Merrill Lynch’s corporate and institutional client and U.S. private client groups.
 
McIlvaine was “a friend and colleague who became a client and friend when he joined Merrill Lynch a few months ago,” according to Burson-Marsteller’s U.S. president, Chet Burchett. “At 26, Bob always seemed well beyond his years in both talent and passion and was the perfect teammate. He was our friend and we will miss him dearly.”
 
In a message posted to the company’s website, Merrill Lynch chairman and CEO David Komansky said: “His colleagues at Merrill Lynch will remember his sharp intelligence, bright smile and easy laugh. He will be missed. We have been in contact with Bob's family and our hearts go out to them.”
 
Before joining Burson-Marsteller, McIlvaine spent two years in the book publishing industry, first at Vintage Books, a division of Random House, and then at Henry Holt and Company. He managed marketing campaigns, media relations and nationwide publicity tours for major adult trade authors.
 
McIlvaine was born and raised in Philadelphia and received his A.B. in English from Princeton University in June of 1997.
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