MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA: VeriSign is reviewing its entire PR operation,
including its agency relationships, and has issued an RFP.
The Web infrastructure company, which creates payment and transaction
programs for online companies, had revenues of $213 million in
the first quarter of 2001.
VeriSign currently retains Merrit Group, based in northern Virginia, and
the agency is included in the review. "It is an overall review of our
communications efforts," said Tom Galvin, the newly appointed director
of corporate communications. Galvin was previously in PR at Cisco
"We need an agency that can do everything from content development to
executive communications to media relations," he explained. The review
is expected to be completed within the next month, and no budget was
Brocade, another Silicon Valley company that specializes in networking
storage, is also carrying out an agency review. The company, which
currently retains Voce Communications, is not issuing an RFP, but is
talking directly to various firms.