C&B beefs up its hi-tech practice with new clients

BOSTON: Copithorne and Bellows this month beefed up its California technology practice with six new clients worth more than $2 million. They also named six new partners.

BOSTON: Copithorne and Bellows this month beefed up its California technology practice with six new clients worth more than $2 million. They also named six new partners.

The latest accounts, which will be handled out of C&B's offices in San Francisco, San Jose and Orange County, are Philips Semiconductors, Xircom, HealthCentral.com, Echelon, the Clik! division of Iomega and the Telecom unit of Hewlett-Packard.

'It's a broad group and shows the strength of our multiple California offices,' managing partner and CEO David Copithorne said.

The firm's new partners are: Laura Ruthenbeck and Rhonda Shantz in San Francisco; Jim Barbagallo and Tim Hurley in Boston; and Anne Butler and Betsy Noonen in San Jose. The promotions nearly double C&B's team of partners from seven to 13.

C&B landed semiconductor supplier Philips, based in The Netherlands through a collaborative pitch with sister agency Brodeur Porter Novelli, Copithorne said. C&B will handle all North American PR work for Philips, while BPN continues to work on a global consumer branding effort.

The HP Telecom unit, created from several existing groups, supplies communications infrastructure to Fortune 500 companies.

C&B currently represents several other HP divisions including Printing and Imaging, Workgroup Networks, Components, OpenView and Internet and Applications Systems.

Like the HP account, the Iomega Clik! work resulted from an existing relationship. C&B also handles Iomega's Zip and Jaz divisions.

HealthCentral.com provides an online information resource for consumers, while Palo Alto-based Echelon develops industrial control networks. Xircom manufactures PC cards for mobile communications.

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