LOS ANGELES—Joe Kessler, president of Weber Shandwick’s California operations, is reportedly leaving the company to pursue “more entrepreneurial interests.”
As his role as head of the California region, Kessler manages agency operations across four offices—San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Los Angeles and Orange County. He also served as president of Weber Shandwick’s global technology practice, heading a team of more than 400 technology PR professionals across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific.
Prior to joining Weber Shandwick in 2001, Kesslier served as president and CEO of Sourcemine, a privately held software company. Earlier he had worked for Weber Shandwick predecessor companies BSMG Worldwide and Shandwick and Rubenstein Wolfson & Co., one of Shandwick’s earliest acquisitions in the U.S.
Kessler will continue in a consulting role after his departure, but day to day responsibilities for the firm’s California operations will be managed by executive vice presidents Armando Azarloza and Rod Clayton in Los Angeles and by senior vice president Debra Raine in the Bay Area while the firm seeks a permanent replacement.
CAMBRIDGE, MA—Eleanor McMahon and Jill Tobacco have been promoted to group managers in the Cambridge office of Weber Shandwick Worldwide. McMahon works on the Ocean Spray, CVS and Insolia accounts; Tobacco works on the Ocean Spray, KidzMouse, CVS and Boston Scientific accounts.
In addition, Jacqueline Pigliucci has been promoted to account supervisor and Caroline Malone has been named senior account executive.
In Minneapolis, meanwhile, the consumer marketing group has promoted Mary Delworth from account executive to senior account executive and Jon Mason to account executive; the corporate relations group has promoted Mike Teegardin from e to account supervisor; the financial services group has promoted Brooke Worden to account group manager; and the investor relations and technology group has promoted Allison Fox to senior account executive.