Brinks folds its PR arm, handing off job to security VP

DARIEN, CT: Brinks, one of the nation's largest manufacturers of

home and professional security systems, dissolved its entire corporate

communications division last week, and put its VP of global security in

charge of media relations.



An internal memo cited the need "to reduce overhead costs" for the

elimination of the department. Layoffs included Marven Moss, the

director of corporate communications and a 20-year veteran of Brinks, as

well as his assistant, Darcy Lyons. Moss said he was unaware of any

plans for the company to seek out a PR firm, and said he considered such

a scenario unlikely.



The memo declared that all press inquiries be directed to VP of global

security Ed Cunningham, but also read, "Our policy continues to be 'no

comment.'"



True to its word, calls to Cunningham went unreturned, and inquiries

were eventually directed to the discharged Moss, who said his agreement

with the company prevented him from commenting.



"They didn't make their intentions known to me; they just told me the

department was being eliminated," he said.



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