Award winners Holtzman and Gans lured away by Brown Lloyd James

NEW YORK: Transatlantic independent agency Brown Lloyd James (BLJ) has lured Mike Holtzman, the 2002 PRWeek Awards PR Professional of the Year, away from global giant Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

NEW YORK: Transatlantic independent agency Brown Lloyd James (BLJ) has lured Mike Holtzman, the 2002 PRWeek Awards PR Professional of the Year, away from global giant Weber Shandwick Worldwide.

And in a double whammy, BLJ has also hired John Gans, Holtzman's right-hand man at WSW, and the winner of the Young PR Professional of the Year award.

Agency founder Peter Brown hopes that Holtzman - who played a lead role in WSW's campaign to bring the Olympics to Beijing - will broaden BLJ's international capabilities.

"Mike is one of the few practitioners in the field who rises to the standard we've established for our firm and our clientele, said Brown.

Holtzman said that he was attracted by the high-level nature of the work or the client list, which includes Ralph Lauren, Michael Eisner, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Brown, whose impressive resume includes a period as manager of the Beatles, founded BLJ five years ago, along with his partners Nicholas Lloyd, former editor of the UK's Daily Express, and Howell James, a former head of UK Prime Minister John Major's political office. BLJ has offices in London and New York, and offers a range of services, from strategic counsel through to government relations.

Who should be the next winner of PRWeek's Professional of the Year?

You'll have a chance to submit your nomination next month. Look out for the entry form in the August 19 issue of PRWeek.

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