Dezenhall Resources Announces Transition Plan

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Dezenhall Resources Announces Transition Plan to Next Generation of Partners
Sale of firm will finalize in 2028


Washington, D.C. – Dezenhall Resources, Ltd., one of the nation’s leading crisis management firms, today announced an agreement that will lead to a full ownership of the company by partners Anne Marie Malecha and Josh Culling in 2028.

Founded in 1987 as Nichols-Dezenhall, the firm has been at the forefront of high-stakes public relations and crisis communications.

Firm founder Eric Dezenhall will remain Chairman until the sale is completed. In 2024, Anne Marie Malecha will become Chief Executive Officer, while current CEO Steven Schlein becomes Of Counsel and Josh Culling will become President. Long-time Chief Financial Officer, Maya Shackley, will remain in her position while also assuming the title of Chief Operations Officer, effective immediately.

“This transition gives me the opportunity to focus on what I love, counseling clients through high-stakes, complex, disruptive situations while turning over more and more operations and management responsibilities to others,” Dezenhall said.  “I’m lucky to have partners who can continue to provide our clients unmatched capabilities and services into the future.”

On January 1, 2028, Malecha and Culling will be full and equal owners of Dezenhall Resources, Ltd. Both Malecha and Culling have been at the firm for 10 years and served as partners for the last five years, respectively.  As Executive Vice Presidents, they have been assuming responsibility for the firm’s business strategy, client operations and personnel management.

“Dezenhall Resources has remained successful and relevant over the past 35 years because while we’re steadfast in our philosophy to crisis management and public affairs, the firm has continually evolved to meet the moment and our clients’ needs. This is an exciting time at Dezenhall and I’m looking forward to the Firm’s continued evolution and growth that Anne Marie and Josh lead,” Dezenhall concluded.