The news is a crushing blow to a firm that just yesterday tried to put a happy face
on the news that it was losing CEO Drew Maloney
and senior vice presidents John O'Neill
and Elena Tompkins
. Berman, a veteran lobbyist and GOP political operative, was widely considered the engine behind the firm's impressive growth.
Speculation that Berman was leaving for Blackstone, and that more departures are imminent, began swirling yesterday afternoon. Morning Money's Ben White
reported Berman's departure this morning and the Alley
confirmed it with a Blackstone spokesman. When the the Alley
emailed Ogilvy president Gordon Taylor
yesterday asking about a possible Berman departure, he didn't respond.
But asked this morning if Berman's departure meant that the firm would lose Blackstone as a client, Taylor quickly wrote back, "No, Berman transitions from being our biggest partner to our biggest client."
He added there are "no other announcements or imminent departures."
Guess, we'll just have to wait and see.