News of My Retirement Is Greatly Exaggerated

July 10, 2009

The Austin American-Statesman and other media today reported that  I will retire as Chairman of Cohn & Wolfe Read-Poland effective July 31.  But the online version was a bit more accurate with the headline…”Public Relations Veteran to Retire…in a Way.”  I am very touched by the generosity of the Statesman article by Tim Eaton (and AP photo by dear friend Harry Cabluck) and the kind comments about it from so many friends and associates. I noted that this piece will save some Statesman reporter the task of doing an obit at some future date; they simply can put a different headline on it.

 I will indeed relinquish corporate duties on that date, but do not plan to shut down the brain. I will continue to counsel some Cohn & Wolfe clients and work with a few other select clients of my own.

I  intend to continue to post stories on this blog and work with contributors who have similar stories to tell. I also hope to get around to writing a book of my various career adventures as I have been urged to do by many friends.

Stay tuned. Every day is a new day!

–Julian Read

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