Bay Area PR firms cut execs

SAN FRANCISCO (PR Worldwire) - Three top-level departures from agencies in the Bay Area have resulted from restructuring due to the merger of Weber Shandwick Worldwide with BSMG and, once again, the economic downturn.

SAN FRANCISCO (PR Worldwire) - Three top-level departures from agencies in the Bay Area have resulted from restructuring due to the merger of Weber Shandwick Worldwide with BSMG and, once again, the economic downturn.

Donna Gibbs will be leaving her post as EVP and head of the Western region for The Weber Group. "It's not the company I joined," she said. "This is the right interlude in business to think about what is next."



Lee Caraher, president of Weber's Red Whistle brand, will take over responsibility for the Western region on an interim basis. A long-term plan for the entire group is planned to be unveiled by September 30.



Gibbs has been with Weber since August 1998. She started by opening the Portland, OR office, and was promoted to her current role in May 2000.

Gibbs also revealed that Mark Bien, EVP and GM for Weber in the Bay Area, was laid off as part of the consolidation following the merger news.



GCI Group has also lost a top body in San Francisco-based Bob Wynne, the head of the firm's North America corporate practice. Bob Feldman, GCI's chairman and CEO, confirmed that Martin Alintuck, president of the San Francisco operation, was "going through an aggressive restructuring of the office."



"Martin has our 100% confidence and support," Feldman said. "[Bob Wynne and GCI] agreed to part ways as friends."



The agency laid off 22 San Francisco staffers in late June. Feldman said that Wynne was the only "really senior person," involved in the cuts.



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