DMA President-CEO Wientzen to retire next year

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New York--The Direct Marketing Association announced Tuesday that President-CEO H. Robert Wientzen plans to retire next year after more than seven years at the helm of the trade organization. A search for his replacement, which will be conducted by current and past DMA board members, is under way.

The news comes on the heels of a difficult year for direct marketers, as Wientzen and his staff have dealt with various challenges on the legislative front, particularly regarding telemarketing and e-mail.

Wientzen said he will retire July 1 but has agreed to stay on through the end of next year, if necessary, to smooth the transition. He said he has always told his family he would retire at 65, which he turns next August.

Wientzen previously served as CEO of Advanced Promotion Technologies and before that spent 27 years at Procter & Gamble.

--Carol Krol

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