Neel Lattimore, press secretary to first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, has decided to opt out of the white-hot media glare of the White House for the peace and quiet of Madison Avenue.
Lattimore, 37, who has worked with Mrs. Clinton since 1993, has joined the Washington, D.C., office of the Bozell Sawyer Miller Group, the public relations arm of Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt. He will become senior managing director in November.
Lattimore (shown here) was promoted last year from deputy press secretary, making him the first male to serve as a press secretary for a first lady.
"Being a man was not a problem," remarked Lattimore. "The first lady didn't make me wear heels and dance backwards to get the job."
Lattimore described Mrs. Clinton as a smart, tough boss who demands the best from her staff, but also as possessing a soft, caring side with a "wicked sense of humor." -Hank Kim