O'Reilly Leaves His Own Firm, Joins Former Giuliani Aides

Bill O’Reilly, the Republican spokesman, is leaving the communication firm he founded nine years to join a firm headed by former Rudy Giuliani aides George Lence and Cristyne Nicholas.

O’Reilly’s Midtown-based firm had lately specialized in Republican clients running against the Republican establishment: they handled conservative Republican John Faso’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, when most of the George Pataki-centric party establishment was pulling for Bill Weld. That year, the firm also handled the campaign of K.T. McFarland, a latecomer to the Republican Senate primary race who ultimately lost, but not before she blasted Rupert Murdoch’s media empire for their coverage of the race.

O’Reilly, a relative of William F. Buckley, is leaving the firm in the hands of its co-founder, Susan Del Percio.

O’Reilly’s email is after the jump.

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Here’s the email:

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

I am pleased to report that, after nine highly rewarding and successful years, I have sold my interest in O’Reilly Strategic Communications, LLC and have joined Nicholas & Lence Communications LLC as Executive Vice President, beginning today (news release attached).

Nicholas & Lence Communications was founded only a year ago, and already it is known as one of the premier communications and public affairs companies in the industry. I have known and admired its founders, Cristyne Nicholas and George Lence, for many years, and I jumped at the opportunity to join with them in growing the company.

Nicholas & Lence Communications is a New York-based strategic communications firm specializing in media relations, destination marketing, corporate positioning, crisis management, brand development, government affairs, and community relations. Its clients include The Coca Cola Bottling Company of New York, the Greater New York Hospital Association, A&E Television Networks, Forbes, Zagat Survey, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Aviator Sports & Recreation, Flatotel, Academy Bus, Gray Line New York Sightseeing, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau, America’s Greatest Cities, SouthCoast USA, The Mount Sinai Medical Center, and others.

O’Reilly Strategic Communications, LLC will continue operating under the capable leadership of my former business partner, Susan Del Percio, with whom I founded that company. Susan and I remain close friends and colleagues.

My new business contact information is:

William F. B. O’Reilly
Executive Vice President
Nicholas & Lence Communications LLC
1285 Avenue of the Americas, 35th Floor
New York, NY 10019
o: 212-554-4459
f: 212-554-4472
m: 212-###-####
Business email: ###@nicholaslence.com
Personal email: ####@#####.com

Needless to say, I am excited to have joined Nicholas & Lence, and I look forward to working with all of you in the coming months as a member of that firm.

The very best,

Bill