Howard and Lewis start up their own PR Republic

Jane Howard and Deborah Lewis, the directors who quit Leedex PR in February, have formed a new agency called Republic.

Jane Howard and Deborah Lewis, the directors who quit Leedex PR in

February, have formed a new agency called Republic.



Kodak, a Lewis client at Leedex, has followed the two women to their new

venture.



Howard resigned her job as Leedex group managing director in protest at

the share dealings of Kevin Morley, chairman of the agency’s listed

parent company Birkdale (PR Week, 7 February). She also relinquished her

seat on the Birkdale board.



Lewis - who worked at Text 100 before moving to Leedex four years ago -

resigned soon afterwards.



’I have to say I can’t speak to you,’ said Howard when asked about the

new agency.



It is believed, however, that Republic’s work for Kodak has a European

communications dimension, part of which involves dealing with the World

Trade Organisation on trade dispute matters.



The Kodak account was worth an estimated pounds 200,000 in fees when at

Leedex.



Republic is also working for a consortium of companies comprising ICL,

EDS, WCL and WS Atkins bidding for the Prestige ticketing system

contract from London Transport.



’Republic have been helping us with the PR and communications issues

related to the offer we’ve put in on the bid,’ said consortium marketing

manager Victoria Pender.



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