Edelman job cuts will move leftover work to NY, Dallas

CHICAGO: Edelman has closed its Boston and Austin, TX offices,

joining the growing ranks of agencies announcing staff cuts in response

to the slowdown in the economy.



Accounts and some staff from the two offices will move to Edelman's New

York and Dallas offices, respectively, and the agency will be cutting 45

jobs.



Pam Talbot, president and COO of Edelman US, said the state of the

economy, and "particularly the continuing downturn of the technology

sector," had necessitated the cuts.



"We are disappointed, and regret having to take these actions," she

added.



"The whole public relations industry is facing the same situation."



The general manager of Edelman's Austin office and a couple of employees

will continue working there with clients. The rest of the work will be

handled out of Dallas by the team led by EVP and managing director Sam

Falcona.



Edelman rode the Austin hi-tech wave earlier than most national firms,

buying GTT (Gone to Texas) in 1998. When it was acquired, GTT had

billings of $2 million.



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