Hubbell Named CEO at PR21
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Hubbell Named CEO at PR21

Robert Hubbell, who spent six years at Edelman Public Relations before joining Andersen Worldwide in 1994, has been named president and CEO of PR 21, succeeding Gus Weill.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK, October 5—Edelman’s PR21 unit, launched in 1998, has enjoyed impressive growth over the past three years, reporting revenues of $15 million last year—up to $18 million today—and picked up a handful of blue-chip clients, but it has not enjoyed much success in maintaining stability among its leadership ranks, naming its third CEO in three years this week.
 
Robert Hubbell, who spent six years at Edelman Public Relations before joining Andersen Worldwide in 1994, has been named president and CEO of the firm, succeeding Gus Weill, who took over from founding president Will Sullivan two years ago. Weill resigned to open his own public relations firm, Weill & Associates, which will focus on public affairs and corporate reputation. 
 
“PR21 has successfully made the transformation from a new economy to a full service firm in the past two years,” says Richard Edelman, vice chairman of parent company Daniel J. Edelman. Edelman says the firm has six clients with seven-figure budgets, including Oracle, Sepracor, Allied Domecq, Openwave, Whirlpool and Cadbury Schweppes. 
 
“Gus Weill did a commendable job in facilitating this transition,” he adds. Now Hubbell, whose background is in financial communications and the financial and professional services industry, will continue to diversify PR21 beyond its dot-com and marketing communications roots into broader corporate reputation and public affairs business.
 
According to Edelman, Hubbell’s “experience as chief communications officer for the past six years at Andersen Worldwide—the holding company for Accenture and Arthur Andersen—has given him a global perspective and enhanced his ability to counsel top executives in world-class companies. He demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in his six years at Edelman, building the financial relations and financial services businesses from scratch.”
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