Weber, Cunningham rail against reported rumors of acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO: The Weber/Cunningham wedding is apparently off - and the two tech titans were never even engaged, principals from both agencies swore last week.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Weber/Cunningham wedding is apparently off - and the two tech titans were never even engaged, principals from both agencies swore last week.

SAN FRANCISCO: The Weber/Cunningham wedding is apparently off - and

the two tech titans were never even engaged, principals from both

agencies swore last week.



Top execs at Cunningham and Weber, who previously declined comment or

were unavailable to discuss the potential agreement, vehemently denied

rumors of a merger or acquisition.



’I have always respected Cunningham as one of the finest hi-tech firms

in the world and am fond of my relationship with Andy Cunningham,’ said

Larry Weber. ’But we have never spoken about an acquisition and never

will.’



At least one source said he could understand how the Weber/Cunningham

whispers got their start. ’My guess is that (Cunningham) is out pounding

the pavement to see how they can raise money, like most independent

agencies are these days,’ he surmised.



An even wilder accusation pointed to the possibility that Larry Weber

had intentionally planted the rumor with a PRWeek reporter who was once

a Weber employee. However, that reporter was never contacted by Weber

for the article. In fact, nobody from PRWeek received a call until after

the story appeared in print. ’I find that rumor insulting and not even

worth commenting on,’ said Weber.



Sources still claim the deal may come to fruition, and dismissed the

outraged responses by Cunningham and Weber as par for the course.



Still, even if Weber is not the suitor currently courting Cunningham,

industry insiders scoff at the Palo Alto-based firm’s declarations that

it is not in play. The likely buyer would be a communications

conglomerate rather than another PR firm, thus circumventing client

conflict-of-interest concerns.



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