LOS ANGELES—Doug Dowie, the former Los Angeles general manager for Fleishman-Hillard and the executive most closely associated with the controversy over alleged over-billing on city contracts, is leaving the firm, along with two other executives who worked closely on the Department of Water & Power account.
FH regional president and acting L.A. general manager Richard Kline declined to discuss the reason for the departures, but told reporters, “We’re making no accusations. No individuals have been accused of wrongdoing by the legal authorities, outside of the civil suit.”
In addition to Dowie, the firm parted company with Steve Getzug and John Stodder, both senior vice presidents.
Dowie, the former manager of FH’s Los Angeles branch, was placed on paid administrative leave in the summer, after City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo said he would sue the firm for defrauding the city. That announcement came in apparent to response to an article in the Los Angeles Times, in which several former employees said Dowie had encouraged them and others to falsify DWP invoices.
At the time, the firm said it was inappropriate for Dowie to continue in an active management role while an internal investigation was taking place.
Late last year, city controller Laura Chick said an audit had found $4.2 million in unsupported billings, although Fleishman’s own investigation turned up about $650,000 in questionable bills.
Dowie’s attorney Thomas Holliday said the former gm was “looking forward forward to moving on with his life. We are very disappointed, but it doesn’t change our position that Doug Dowie has done nothing wrong. I don’t know what Fleishman is doing, but at the end of the day, he knows of no wrongdoing and he intends to defend his honor.”
HOUSTON—In a separate announcement, Fleishman-Hillard has named Jamie Greenheck general manager of the Houston office.
Greenheck, senior vice president and senior partner, also serves as co-chair of Fleishman-Hillard’s food and agribusiness practice group. She previously worked in the firm’s Kansas City office, handling marketing, issues, litigation support, corporate communications, public affairs, and reputation management assignments for a variety of food and agribusiness companies and associations.
She succeeds Dick Mullinax as general manager of Fleishman-Hillard Houston; Mullinax is now general manager of the firm’s Dallas office.