Paul Taaffe named Chairman/CEO of Hill & Knowlton

9 August, 2002

Hill and Knowlton, Inc. today announced that Paul Taaffe, 40, has been promoted to chairman and chief executive officer. Taaffe, named president of the firm in 1998, replaces Howard Paster, who joins parent company WPP as executive vice president, public relations/public affairs. Taaffe, a native Australian and former London resident, will remain based in H&K's New York office. He assumes his new position immediately.

Taaffe also heads the firm's Worldwide Executive Committee where he is supported by an established network of worldwide practice directors and regional presidents.

Taaffe was named chief executive of H&K U.K. in 1990, moving up to president of Hill and Knowlton's Europe, Middle East and Africa region in 1994, ultimately being named president and CEO of two of the firm's five regions. Before joining Hill and Knowlton, Taaffe was managing director of Shandwick Consultants where he was responsible for financial public relations, corporate and business-to-business communications programs.

"I am grateful to Howard Paster for reinvigorating H&K into the great communications consultancy it is today," Taaffe commented. "My challenge is to bring to the table the added value of Hill and Knowlton know-how at a time when openness and transparency are the threshold by which companies must operate effectively."

"I leave H&K in the best of hands," said Howard Paster. "An immediate advantage of Paul's appointment is that he is already a key player in the system, deeply familiar with the firm's capabilities and talent base. Additionally, as a high-level business strategist, Paul is widely respected by clients and colleagues around the globe for his counsel and expertise."

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