Walter Jennings departs as boss of Fleishman-Hillard; replaced by Chris Newman

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Out: Jennings

Walter Jennings has suddenly departed as boss of troubled PR agency Fleishman-Hillard after just over a year in the role.

Jennings has been replaced by the Omnicom agency’s Melbourne VP Chris Newman.

Jennings’ departure follows a number of staff redundancies which saw a head count which had peaked at nearly 30 including contractors fall back to around 15. Earlier this month, Jennings made the agency’s VP of digital Scott Rhodie redundant.

Fleishman-Hillard, which has had an Australian offcie for about a decade, gave no further explanation for Jenning’s departure, other than to say that he had “resigned”.

Lynne Anne Davis, Fleishman-Hillard Asia Pacific’s regional president, said in a statement: “Walter Jennings brought a great deal of energy and creativity to our Sydney operations, and played a key role in our recent growth in this important market. “We sincerely thank him for his contributions to Fleishman-Hillard, and wish him every success going forward.”

Newman’s promotion to GM of the Australian operation is effective immediately.

Davis said: “Chris’s exceptional track record positions him to play a pivotal role in delivering first-class consultancy services for existing and prospective clients in Australia. We are delighted to see him step into this leadership role.”

Newman has worked for Fleishman Hillard since 2007 in the UK and the Middle East prior to coming to Australia

He said: “I’m really excited and proud to be leading such a passionate, talented team. I am looking forward to working with them to ensure the high level of client service and growth of Fleishman-Hillard here in Sydney matches that of the network internationally.”

The latest moves comes days after Omnicom launchesd PR brand Eleven into the market.

Jennings is the second boss of an internationally owned PR agency to depart this week. Yesterday saw the sudden departure of Marcus Warner from the helm of WPP’s Hill & Knowlton after just eight months.


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