Lotus, the software company and IBM subsidiary, is understood to be
reviewing its six-figure annual public affairs account with the
political division of The Communication Group. The company has retained
TCG since May 1998.
UK communications manager Hamish Kuzminski is believed to be in the
early stages of a review but was unavailable for comment.
The TCG account team is led by Mark Adams, managing director of TCG’s
political division and director Rebecca Tabor. The brief includes
informing Lotus of Government IT changes, and acting as a link between
Lotus and Government departments in need of IT solutions. This is
understood to have contributed to the 10 Downing Street strategic
communications unit’s choice of Lotus Notes as the software for its
Knowledge Network across Whitehall.
Lotus last year merged marketing and communications to form a 12-strong
department under Kuzminski, who reports to UK marketing manager Nancy
Preston. Lotus also retains Noiseworks as its hi-tech PR agency,
although this relationship is not thought to be under review.