NEW YORK—Art Stevens, whose independent public relations firm LobsenzStevens was acquired by Publicis in 1999, is leaving Publicis Dialog, where he was chairman and CEO of the New York public relations operations.
Stevens said he had fulfilled the terms of his three-year employment contract with Publicis following the acquisition of his firm. He intends to pursue opportunities including consulting and working on management issues with other agencies.
Stevens was named public relations director of Prentice-Hall at the age of 25, and prior to founding his own firm, Stevens Public Relations, he served as president of a PR firm previously headed by William L. Safire. He became a partner at LobsenzStevens in 1975 and served as its chairman and CEO at the time the firm was acquired by Publicis Dialog in 1999.
He is also author of The Persuasion Explosion, a book about the role and influence of public relations and writes a humor column, “Shell Shocked,” that appears in the Sanibel, Florida weekly Islander.