NEW YORK, May 21—The New York office of Weber Shandwick Worldwide has lost some talent since the merger of Weber Worldwide and Shandwick International late last year, but this week it attracted some big names, appointing three executive vice presidents who have held senior positions with Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, Porter Novelli, and on the corporate side of the business with pharmaceutical giants Searle and Merck.
Jack Domieschel, whose experience is almost exclusively on the corporate side of the business, will head the firm’s healthcare practice, which includes the operations of the former Brown Powers & Associates. John Lovallo, formerly of Ogilvy, will take over from the recently departed Diane Perry as head of the corporate and investor relations practice. And Lisa Travatello, formerly of Porter Novelli, will head the consumer group and serve as the office’s creative director.
According to WSW New York managing director Paul Costello, “Working with some of the world’s leading brands, these individuals have vast knowledge and strong leadership skills which will help fuel greater growth in their respective areas.”
Lovallo was most recently a senior VP and director of IR and financial communications at Ogilvy, and previously served as assistant VP at IR specialist Morgen-Walke Associates. He has also held portfolio investment positions at financial institutions including Banker’s Trust and European American Bank.
Travatello was most recently senior vice president, business development and creativity for PN, and has also held agency positions at Edelman and Ogilvy & Mather, working on a wide variety of food, retail, travel and toy accounts including Toys “R” Us, Nabisco, Hershey Foods, Weight Watchers and The Kellogg Company.
Domeischel comes to WSW from his position as global head of marketing communications for The Ares-Serono Group, a biotech company. He has also held senior communications positions at Searle Pharmaceutical and Merck & Company.