UPDATE, JAN 11, 3:29 PM: Less than a week after his departure from UTA was made public, Seth Oster’s new landing spot has been revealed.
Exiting the agency at the end of the month, the partner and Global Chief Communications Officer will be taking up the newly created post of chief corporate affairs officer at the Wonderful Company. Reporting to the privately held branding company’s president of advertising and corporate communications Michael Perdigao, Oster will formally take up his new gig on February 7.
The political and pubic affairs vet will run point on the Oster will oversee the Stewart and Lynda Resnick founded multibillion-dollar holding company’s worldwide communications strategy, government relations and more. Among TWC’s consumer brands are Fiji Water, Wonderful Seedless Lemons, POM Wonderful, JUSTIN® Wines, JNSQ™ Wines, and Landmark® Wines.
“This is a deeply meaningful opportunity to be part of a team committed to continually proving the thesis that smart, dedicated people can build, grow, and transform businesses at the same time they improve the lives of the people and communities where that business is done,” Oster said in a statement Tuesday. “The The Wonderful Company has long been a leader and a role model in demonstrating that business and community success can go hand-in-hand. I am excited to take on this new role and be part of advancing this work, in partnership with the company’s customers, employees, partners, and communities,” he added.
No word yet on who will be taking over Oster’s job at UTA.
PREVIOUSLY, JAN 7 PM: After five years, Seth Oster is leaving UTA at month’s end to take another post.
The news was announced internally Friday via an email from UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer:
“I am disappointed to say that Seth Oster, our partner and Global Chief Communications Officer, has decided to pursue a new opportunity and is leaving UTA at the end of the month.
Seth has played a pivotal role over the past five years at UTA. He led us through numerous acquisitions and a few crises. He handled every challenge with focus and aplomb. His guidance through the WGA impasse, his relentless drive to tell our story, and his success at building our communication practice to be among the best in the business, are a just few of the important contributions that Seth has made to UTA.
Seth will help transition his role over the next few months. The Corporate Communications group he built and professionalized will remain in place to support our company, clients, and colleagues.
We have all greatly benefited from Seth’s counsel, leadership, and friendship. Let’s wish him well as he starts this next chapter.
After growing the uber-agency’s profile and communications team over the past half decade, we hear the political and corporate veteran is moving to a lofty Los Angeles-based position outside the media industry starting in February.
A senior advisor to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Oster was Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the EPA during President Barack Obama’s first term. In addition to running communications for SAG and the MPA, the George Washington University grad was alsoManaging Director at professional services and accounting company KPMG overseeing all corporate communications.
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