BOSTON: Top-ranking hi-tech agency Copithorne and Bellows is losing
co-founding director and managing partner, Bill Bellows, who is taking a
wider role in parent company Omnicom.
Bellows will continue to provide ad hoc advice for clients such as
Hewlett-Packard as part of a new role for Diversified Agency Services
(DAS), Omnicom’s holding company for its non-advertising agencies. His
exact role is still being determined, but Bellows is expected to offer
broader consultancy outside PR.
His departure means that David Copithorne, co-founder of Copithorne and
Bellows, becomes the sole managing partner of the agency across its six
US offices. These are San Jose, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle
and Orange County.
Copithorne said that Bellows would take a back seat and spend more time
with his family from this month. ’Bill is still a partner in Copithorne
and Bellows but he’ll step aside and I’ll manage,’ said Copithorne. ’He
might well offer technology consultancy beyond PR within Omnicom. He
won’t be working day to day here.’
Copithorne and Bellows was acquired by Omnicom three years ago and is a
part of Porter Novelli International, which also encompasses
Omnicom-owned agencies Brodeur and Porter Novelli. Copithorne and
Bellows employs around 230 staff across the US and in three European
offices in Grenoble, Paris and London. It also has an office in
Singapore. Its largest client is US computer manufacturer
Porter Novelli International was ranked first in a list of the top nine
US hi-tech PR agencies published by Jack O’Dwyer’s Newsletter in
The group registered a 1997 net fee income of pounds 40,000,000. It has
a total of eight partners across the US and is in the process of
appointing senior managers in San Jose, San Francisco and Boston to
support the partners.