Smith assumes charge of staff at Robson Brown PR

North-east PR firm Robson Brown has handed account director Rob Smith responsibility for its staff of nine following the resignation last week of the agency’s three most senior staff.

North-east PR firm Robson Brown has handed account director Rob

Smith responsibility for its staff of nine following the resignation

last week of the agency’s three most senior staff.



The company, a subsidiary of the Newcastle-based advertising agency of

the same name, has temporarily shelved plans to expand by opening an

office in Manchester. Smith, who joined the agency in November 1997, had

been in discussions with chairman Stuart Robson and group managing

director Alan Brown about heading the company’s first PR office outside

Newcastle.



He will now lead the PR practice until a successor is appointed to

outgoing managing director Alastair Mitchell, or until his position is

turned into an official director’s post.



Clients for the PR agency, which pulled in fees of over pounds 1 million

in 1999, include Newcastle United Football Club, and Bellway Homes .



Mitchell, together with directors Wayne Halton and Ian Watson is on the

verge of announcing the launch of another agency. All three announced

last week that they are to leave Robson Brown and are working their

notice.



Mitchell founded Robson Brown’s PR agency - as a limited company

separate from its owning parent - in 1990, while Halton and Watson

joined him three years later. Mitchell has sold his stake back to the

company’s principals.



Robson and Brown - the parent company’s founders and key shareholders -

have reassured PR staff that their jobs are not under threat, despite

the defection of the entire PR board.



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