Harvard PR pulls the plug on its Vienna branch

Harvard PR has shut down its branch in Vienna, which formerly acted as the co-ordinating office in Eastern Europe.

Harvard PR has shut down its branch in Vienna, which formerly acted

as the co-ordinating office in Eastern Europe.



The closure has been prompted by the departure of managing director

Christian Klezel, who has headed the office since it was set up in 1995.

Klezel quit Harvard last month and four of his staff have since moved to

advertising firm Hager Advertising. Hager is now Harvard’s

representative in Austria.



Harvard director Gareth Zundel stressed that Klezel’s departure was

amicable and that the office closure was not linked to its business

performance.



He said: ’Christian decided that agency business wasn’t for him and

continuity for clients is very important. The quickest way to avoid

disruption was to install the remaining people under the wing of a

representative partner.’



The Vienna office handled work for IT clients and co-ordinated the

activities of Harvard’s offices in Warsaw, Prague, Bratislava and

Budapest. Zundel added that this function had lapsed over the last two

months.



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