We lost a client this week…and I was happy.  We were hired by the International headquarters of a major company and market leader, but the local Headquarters here openly did not want us hired.  To say that the International and local offices were not on the same page would be a very kind understatement.

We would get a call from headquarters to embark on a certain strategy, and then the US office would tell us a different story – no, we absolutely do not want this done. And then we would throw up our hands and say, repeatedly and regularly: “Who is the client – International headquarters or New York?” Both would say: “I Am.”

Needless to say, they wouldn’t say this to each other. Our staff was regularly frustrated, and I couldn’t give them a clear answer.  Headquarters was fair and good to us, so we essentially did as they told us and they forced the US office to follow along.  It was never friendly interaction and, amazingly, the US Director of Marketing for months on end refused to meet with us and essentially grunted through the conference calls we had.

Meanwhile, both offices told us that the campaigns we had thought up and implemented had raised their business significantly; that ROI from PR & marketing was up significantly; and that all metrics we set at the start of the campaign were exceeded.  Every time someone tried to trip us up, we exceeded expectations.

That said, it has been a few days since we spoke to headquarters, and I admittedly did not really focus when a staff member forwarded me a Google alert: the pre 8 AM notice said the International CMO was rumored to have accepted a new position.  Sure enough, before the end of the day we received the termination notice from the grunting Director of Marketing.

Here’s to better clients…but I wasn’t unhappy at losing this client.

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Ronn Torossian is the Founder, President and CEO of New York-based 5W Public Relations. He has overseen the company's rapid growth and expansion to the Inc. 500 list, as well as provided counsel to hundreds of companies, including members of the Fortune 500, Inc. 500 and Forbes 400. His work spans global interests, corporate entities, high-profile individuals, regional business entities, government agencies and academic institutions - both on routine public relations matters and extremely sensitive issues. One of the foremost public relations experts in the U.S., Torossian is known for his aggressive, results-focused orientation, as well as his close working relationships with members of the media, influencers, decision makers, politicians and celebrities. At 5W Public Relations, Torossian's client experience has included programs for Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Anheuser-Busch, Barnes & Noble, Cantor Fitzgerald, IHOP, McDonald's, Evian, EDS, VeriSign, XM Radio, Seagram's, The Loews Regency, Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment, Marriott Hotels, Vail Resorts, Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg, the Government of Israel, and others. Referred to by The New York Post as a "publicity guru," by Fox News as a "high-powered PR CEO," by Tyra Banks as a "crisis management guru," and by CNN as "a leading PR expert," Torossian is regularly featured in and quoted by the media, including by CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, NBC, The New York Times, and others. CBS National News said "Ronn Torossian knows spin," and a New York Times feature story on Torossian referred to him as "The consummate hard-driving, scrappy NY publicist." Earlier in his career, Torossian was a Vice President/Group Director for one of The InterPublic Group's (IPG) largest PR agencies, where he was responsible for significant client growth and successful client programs, including work for Clinique, Fox News Channel, DHL, Hard Rock Café and others. A resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Torossian was named to the Advertising Age "40 Under 40" list, PR Week's "40 Under 40" List, is a regular lecturer at universities and conferences, a member of Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and a board member of numerous non-profit organizations.