Onoda Stepping Down at Charles Schwab
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Onoda Stepping Down at Charles Schwab

Veteran corporate communications executive John Onoda is stepping down as chief communications officer at Charles Schwab & Company.

Paul Holmes

SAN FRANCISCO, February 18—Veteran corporate communications executive John Onoda is stepping down as chief communications officer at Charles Schwab & Company, a little more than a year after he joined the company from Visa USA.
 
Onoda, who says he plans to take time off from the public relations business to finish work on a novel he started two years ago, will be working part time for Schwab starting next week until a replacement is found. His three direct reports—Greg Gable, Glen Mathison, and Marta con Lowenfeldt—will all take on larger roles.
 
Onoda says he will provide input to the recruiters looking for his successor, but that he will not be directly involved in the search.
 
“This is something I wanted to do before I got sidetracked into public relations,” says Onoda of his literary ambitions. “I have been working at it for a couple of years, but it’s slow going when you can’t devote all your time to it.”
 
He may also do some consulting, and says he has been approached about working with a large agency and about partnering with a boutique firm.
 
Onoda began his career as a reporter for the Omaha World Herald and then held PR positions with Mitchel Energy & Development Corporation and McDonald’s before being named vice president of corporate communications at Levi Strauss & Company. From there he went on to be head of worldwide communications for General Motors, leaving in 1998 to become executive vice president for corporate relations at Visa USA.
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