Haering Named Interim CEO at Montgomery Group
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Haering Named Interim CEO at Montgomery Group

John Haering, senior counselor to Bay Area public relations firm The Montgomery Group, has been named acting president following the unexpected death last week of founder and president Stephen Pisinski.

Paul Holmes

SAN FRANCISCO, May 28—John Haering, senior counselor to Bay Area public relations firm The Montgomery Group, has been named acting president following the unexpected death last week of founder and president Stephen Pisinski.
 
Pisinski, 52, founded the firm in 1992. He had previously held senior positions with several Bay Area firms, including Ketchum, Burson-Marsteller, and Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide. He was also president of the Public Relations Society of America in 2000. His firm is best known for its work in the financial services and food and beverage sectors.
 
Haering, 72, has been with the company since 1997, initially as senior vice president and for the past two years as a senior counselor. His previous experience includes senior positions at Doremus, Braun & Company, and Ketchum, as well as on the corporate side with Mortgage Associates, now part of Fleet Bank.
 
The announcement of Haering’s appointment was made by Pisinski’s wife, Patrice, and her advisors, who said, “As acting president, John will ensure a senior presence for our staff and clients during this difficult time.
 
“Steve left a strong, viable, and respected company, financially secure with loyal clients and staff. Our challenge is to leverage these strengths and we are actively exploring our options with help and counsel from our friends and colleagues at the Public Relations Society of America and Pinnacle Worldwide, a global network of public relations agencies with which The Montgomery Group is associated.”
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