CHICAGO—Richard Wolff has resigned as general manager of the New York office of Golin/Harris International, a position he has held for the past five years.
Wolff’s decision to join Golin/Harris in 1997 was newsworthy because in so doing he became one of the first senior executives ever to leave Kekst & Company, where he had spent the previous 13 years. At Golin/Harris, he created a successful financial and investor relations practice, handling M&A assignments on deals such as CSX-Conrail; Chrysler-Daimler; Dominion Resources-Columbia Gas; Tyson-Smithfield, and EDC-AES.
The New York office, never considered one of the strengths of the Golin network, grew from less than $4 million in 1996 to $15 million two years ago under Wolff’s leadership.
Said Golin/Harris chief executive Rich Jernstedt, “Rich has done a terrific job for Golin/Harris. He has met the goal we set for him when he joined us to build our New York office and to develop our strength in financial relations. I have valued his strategic advice as a board member and his ability to work with staff and clients.”
Wolff said the decision to leave was a difficult one, but that “the time is right for me to seek new challenges.”
Jaime dePinies, managing director of the Madrid office and the agency’s chief economist, will assume the role of worldwide director of the financial communications and investor relations practice, which has expanded to include London, Frankfurt, Madrid, Hong Kong and Singapore. Shep Doniger, who recently joined the New York office as deputy managing director, will be acting managing director.
A national search for a new managing director has been initiated.