Three More Exit Merged Weber Shandwick Worldwide
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Three More Exit Merged Weber Shandwick Worldwide

Three more senior executives--Robert Bork, Neal Lattimore, and John Lovallo -- have left the merged Weber Shandwick-BSMG Worldwide.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Three more senior executives have left the merged Weber Shandwick-BSMG Worldwide. They include Robert Bork, whose litigation communications specialist firm, Bork & Associates, was acquired by Weber Shandwick three years ago; Neal Lattimore, a former Clinton White House aide; and John Lovallo, who headed financial communications at Weber Shandwick before the merger.
Bork is striking out on his own. He has formed Bork Communications Group and will provide litigation and other consulting to clients including DaimlerChrysler. “I thought it would be a good time to get back to my roots in consulting,” Bork told reporters. “I’m better tuned to work as an independent operator.”
He may continue to work with Weber Shandwick’s Powell Tate public affairs subsidiary on a project basis, however, and Powell Tate will continue to operate its own litigation group.
Lattimore, meanwhile, has left his position as senior managing director in the Washington office of BSMG to become communications director at the International AIDS Trust, which is lead by Sandra Thurman, former director of the Clinton White House Office of National AIDS Policy. He joined BSMG in 1997 after serving as press secretary to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and worked on several high-profile accounts, including Microsoft.
As for Lovallo, he joined Weber Shandwick Worldwide in May as vice president of corporate and investor relations. But Weber Shandwick’s IR operation is dwarfed by BSMG’s counterpart, The Financial Relations Board, and his responsibilities have been divided between Karen Griffiths and John McNamera, both of them FRB veterans. Lovallo was previously with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide and before that with Morgen-Walke.
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