Buchwald, Unger Leaving MS&L, Will Continue to Consult
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Buchwald, Unger Leaving MS&L, Will Continue to Consult

Two veteran members of the management team at Manning Selvage & Lee—-Monita Buchwald and Lonny Unger-—are leaving the firm, triggering a management restructuring that includes the formation of a global advisory board.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK, November 15—Two veteran members of the management team at Manning Selvage & Lee—Monita Buchwald and Lonny Unger—are leaving the firm, triggering a management restructuring that includes the formation of an office of the chairman and a global advisory board. Both Buchwald and Unger will continue to serve as consultants to the firm.
 
As part of a major restructuring, the firm has named John Bellizzi to the new position of chief financial officer—he joins the firm from the Thomson Corporation where he was vice president, financial planning and analysis for Thomson Financial—and Mike Marino will add responsibility as managing director of MS&L/New York to his existing role as director of creative and strategic development.
 
Bellizzi and Marino will be joined by Joe Gleason, managing director of MS&L’s global corporate practice and Ann Moravick, managing director of MS&L/London and MS&L’s global health practice in a newly-created office of the chairman, which will direct the day-to-day activities of the firm, working with chairman and CEO Lou Capozzi.
 
Capozzi also announced the creation of a new global policy board whose members include the office of the chairman, as well as: Virginia Cartwright, managing director, MS&L global technology; Jill Farwell, managing director, MS&L global consumer marketing; Jan Lewin, managing director, MS&L/Atlanta; Kathy Rand, managing director, MS&L/Chicago; Jürgen Togotzes, chairman, MS&L/Frankfurt; and Marie van Luling, managing director, MS&L/Boston. The board will guide the firm’s business planning and policy making.
 
“The office of the chairman and global policy board were created to meet our changing needs as we continue our global growth,” says Capozzi. “Bringing together our top senior management in this capacity adds tremendous expertise to the leadership of the firm.”
 
Commenting on the departure of Buchwald and Unger, Capozzi adds, “Monita and Lonny have been completely dedicated to the growth and success of our firm for over 20 years. MS&L has reaped the benefits of the choice they made to build their careers here and we will continue to value their contributions to our employees, our clients and the industry.”
 
Bellizzi, who will oversee MS&L financial operations worldwide, spent seven years with Thomson, where he was responsible for strategic planning, operations, acquisitions and financial analysis and planning. He began his career at Avon Products and also held financial positions at Eli Lilly & Company and Pepsi-Cola International.
 
“John’s experience with large, multinational corporations allows him to contribute a new perspective to our business,” says Capozzi. “He will be a strong asset to our management team as we continue to focus on building our business in these uncertain times.”
 
Marino joined MS&L in January of 2000 after 11 years at Medicus, starting as copy supervisor and rising to president.
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