Ashe hands GCI's chair to Robinson to take client role

GCI Financial CEO Rupert Ashe has stepped down after ten years

leading the City PR firm.

Ashe handed the top role to former GCI Financial MD Philip Robinson on 1


The announcement comes just a month after Ashe confirmed the agency

would complete its partial integration with parent firm GCI UK,

relocating from Chelsea to Blackfriars HQ (PRWeek, 30 November


Ashe will continue in a new business and client handling capacity for

GCI Financial, which he originally founded as Focus Communications

before selling that agency to the Grey-owned network GCI in 1998.

He said on his decision: 'An increasing amount of my time was taken up

with management, leaving me fewer opportunities to work directly with


Former Cubitt Consulting director Robinson takes on the CEO role after

joining GCI Financial just over a year ago.

- Analysis, p9.

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