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Weber Shandwick, H+K Strategies Headed to Court

Weber Shandwick has been granted a temporary restraining order against H+K Strategies, the firm’s COO Ken Luce, and its EVP Jody Venturoni. Weber filed court documents in Dallas alleging breach of contract by Luce and Venturoni and misappropriation of confidential info by the two execs and H+K.

Luce joined H+K about a year ago; Venturoni joined the firm last month. Both previously worked for Weber for more than a decade. There have been other moves from Weber to H+K in recent months as well, notes The Holmes Report. The court filing shows that Weber alerted Luce to an investigation in December 2011 and both he and H+K responded in writing.

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Baskin Appointed President of Weber Shandwick Atlanta

Rob Baskin has been named president of Weber Shandwick in Atlanta. He will oversee work for brands including the U.S. Army, Sealed Air, and QUIKRETE. Previously, he was with MSLGroup, serving as MD of MSL Atlanta and interim MD of MSL Los Angeles and San Francisco.

There has been some recent change at Weber including the departures of Ken Luce, who was recently named COO of H&K, and Jenn Risi, who was EVP of the firm’s global strategic media group.

Luce Named H&K COO

More leadership changes at Hill & Knowlton. Ken Luce has been named global COO of the firm, reporting to the firm’s new global chairman and CEO Jack Martin. In the role, he will focus on growth and best practices in client services, marketing, and HR.

Previously, Luce was president of global client management at Weber Shandwick where he created management programs and devised best practices for the firm’s multi-national clients.

We spoke with Luce today about the changes, the merger with Public Strategies, which went into effect January 1, and the impact on the firm.

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