INTERNATIONAL: Bellows quits agency work for broader role

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.

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

Hewlett-Packard.



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

July.



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.



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