by Mark Rabinowitz
Jeremy Walker, Vice President of indie PR mainstay Clein + White, is
exiting the company to become a Senior Vice President with Dennis Davidson
Associates (DDA). Walker fills a gap at DDA, whose New York office has
existed without a leader since Mark Urman exited that post in early January
to become President of U.S. Distribution at CFP (now Lions Gate Films). For
the past month, both the New York and Los Angeles offices have been run by
Senior Vice President Nancy Willen, and now the New York office will have a
local front person for the office. Walker told indieWIRE that while it was
sad leaving a place he had worked at for ten years, "sometimes it's good to
shake up your life a little." He went on to say that "Harry (Clein) has
been wonderful to me and my leaving has nothing to do with bad feelings
(between Walker and Clein + White)."
When Urman departed DDA, he and Willen were both Sr. VP's of the company,
working together. With Walker's arrival, however, Willen has been bumped up
to Executive Vice President, and Walker will be reporting to her in the
L.A. office. When she spoke to indieWIRE on Tuesday, Willen praised Walker,
saying that he is "one of the best publicity executives in the business,"
adding that it was "great for him to be running his own office... he will
bring a great deal of energy to the New York office."
There have been a high number of moves in New York's PR community of late.
In addition to Urman and Walker's moves, DDA publicist Jennifer Morgerman
left that company to join CFP as Director of Acquisitions, shortly before