H&K-Atlanta's GM splits for NDC job

ATLANTA: Alan Ulman has quit as GM of Hill & Knowlton's Atlanta office to become director of corporate communications for NDC Health, a 30-year-old Atlanta-based database management company that focuses on healthcare institutions.

ATLANTA: Alan Ulman has quit as GM of Hill & Knowlton's Atlanta office to become director of corporate communications for NDC Health, a 30-year-old Atlanta-based database management company that focuses on healthcare institutions.

ATLANTA: Alan Ulman has quit as GM of Hill & Knowlton's Atlanta office to become director of corporate communications for NDC Health, a 30-year-old Atlanta-based database management company that focuses on healthcare institutions.

Ulman assumed the H&K-Atlanta helm in January 1999 faced with the challenge of turning around a firm that had significant staff losses, weak management and a diminishing client base. H&K entered the market in 1973 and enjoyed a dominating presence for most of its history. At the end of 1998, however, the shop had slumped to 29th in its market, had dollars 800,000 in revenues with a dollars 375,000 loss and a staff of only five.

With Ulman, the firm appears to have enjoyed a turnaround, having closed 2000 with dollars 2.2 million in revenues, a profit of dollars 278,000 and a staff of 15. It also made its way back into the top ten with the acquisition of high-tech firm Socket PR.

In explaining his return, Ulman, who has spent half of his career in the corporate sector, said, 'I realized I really like being able to own one company and one company's issues communications program.'

H&K US president and CEO Tom Hoog has announced that Tampa GM Harry Costello will assume regional oversight of the Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Atlanta offices.



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