Harrison Cowley makes regional management cuts

Harrison Cowley has streamlined its management structure with CEO Paul Kelly taking responsibility for its Southampton office and MD Loretta Tobin taking over in Birmingham.

Southampton head Jeremy Wrench has been made redundant, while HC is said to be negotiating the departure of Birmingham associate director Mireille Toddington. One member of its Cardiff office has also been made redundant, leaving it with just two staff after HC’s acquisition of Bristol-based Strategy Communications (PRWeek, 14 May).

‘We are a substantially bigger business since taking on Strategy PR. It accounts for 25 per cent of our staff, and for any organisation that takes on so much, there will be changes,’ said Kelly.

Kelly denied that parent group Huntsworth has dictated the rationalisation. ‘It was our decision to buy Strategy, to bring it in as part of our business,’ he said.

Strategy is also in negotiations to divest the design and marketing arm of its Leeds office, affecting two staff who will operate independently but under the HC name. ‘We don’t trade in design and marketing,’ said Kelly.

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