Fleishman-Hillard’s London operation is recovering from the loss of
its MD and senior partner Deborah Saw, who is joining Burson-Marsteller
after four years.
Saw has been made managing director of B-M’s UK marketing practice and
will take up the role next month.
F-H Europe president and chief operating officer Jack Modzelewski has
stepped into the breach while the company recruits a replacement for
Her departure will undoubtedly be seen as a blow for the consultancy,
which has struggled to establish a place among the top UK agencies.
Fee income has been stagnant for the last two years at pounds 2.2
million and the agency has failed to enter the top 30, according to PR
Week’s annual league tables. Modzelewski admitted: ’The management of
F-H is not happy with us in London. We have underperformed compared to
While Modzelewski claimed that last year had seen an upturn in profits,
he declined to reveal figures. The agency is unlikely to import someone
from its US operation to replace Saw.
Saw is rejoining B-M, where she was a director until 1995. She replaces
David Brain, who has been promoted to run the healthcare and tea brands
for B-M’s biggest global client, Unilever.