Major changes at D.C.-based Hager Sharp were confirmed late Friday when Barbara Blum, head of the board of directors, sent out a note that Lynne Doner Lotenberg, the company’s CEO, had resigned and Jim Healy, the company’s president, was no longer with the firm.
In part, Blum’s note stated:
“On behalf of the Hager Sharp Board of Directors, I want to share two important announcements with you.
“First, Lynne Doner Lotenberg, Hager Sharp’s Chief Executive Officer has resigned and the board accepted her resignation. While we are disappointed, we do understand. Secondly, Jim Healy is no longer with the company.
“We are grateful to Lynne – and the incredible Hager Sharp team – for the successes the company has achieved. Hager Sharp is growing and is profitable, but more importantly, we are fulfilling our mission to make a difference through the work we do for our clients.
“We have put interim leadership in place and will soon launch a national search for a new chief executive officer. We have engaged the strategic consulting services of Myra Peabody Gossens and Lisa Karlisch to provide interim leadership and management to Hager Sharp working with the firm’s strong senior leadership team. This team will ensure that Hager Sharp uses this transition moment to maintain a positive and strong national presence, strengthen and grow existing client relationships, offer solid support and clear strategic direction to the staff and maintain stability in all business and operational aspects of the company.”
Word of the changes started to make the rounds Thursday, with word that the official announcement would come Friday.
There was no information provided about why the duo left after only seven months in their current positions.
According to PR Week, Doner Lotenberg was named interim CEO in 2013 after the resignation of former chief executive Garry Curtis. She joined the firm in 2011 after running her own consultancy, The Doner Lotenberg Group, for more than 15 years. In mid-2014, she was named CEO of Hager Sharp.
Healy, who previously had been managing director of Lipman Hearne’s D.C. office, joined Hager Sharp as an EVP when Hager Sharp bought Lipman Hearne’s D.C. office in 2013. He was named president of Hager Sharp in mid-2014.
Hager Sharp is an employee-owned agency with more than 60 employees.
Myra Peabody Gossens, who is being brought on board to provide interim leadership, heads MPG Advisors, a firm that provides strategic guidance, advice and expertise to a diverse array of companies, nonprofit organizations, associations and institutions. Prior to MPG Advisors, she was executive director of Ruder Finn Washington; founder of Peabody Fitzpatrick Communications and managing principal with partners Joyce Fitzpatrick and Vikki Spruill; and, national director of communications for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation.
According to Lisa Karlisch’s bio, her career has spanned both consulting and operational roles in the nonprofit and for profit sectors and she currently focuses on consulting related to strategic development and process development/improvement for small businesses.