Starcom MediaVest Group has sued MediaCom, alleging it has chosen to hire a Starcom executive to head its Chicago office "in an attempt to unfairly compete with (Starcom) and gain access to its business secrets," according to Crain's Chicago Business.
Starcom alleges that New York-based MediaCom Worldwide Inc. plans to hire Alicia Lisowksi after her resignation from Starcom takes effect in August, despite knowing of Ms. Lisowski's non-compete obligations to Starcom, according to a complaint filed last week in Cook County Circuit Court.
Ms. Lisowski has been Starcom's face for interaction with consumer giant Procter & Gamble, whose business the two agencies compete for, according to the complaint. She was promoted in early 2011 to senior vice president and director, the complaint says.
Starcom has "entrusted Lisowski with its confidences and trade secrets" for the nearly seven years she has worked for the company, and MediaCom will exploit those relationships and secrets by hiring her, Starcom alleges.