GPC International ends Europe CEO Harrison contract

GPC International European chief executive Julia Harrison this week

parted company with the lobbying shop.



The Omnicom-owned network's Toronto-based chairman and CEO Hershell

Ezrin is understood to have broken the news to her just days ago that

her role was no longer part of the company's plans. He refused to

comment on whether she had been made technically redundant.



All European office heads will now report directly to Tom McClaren,

international president and COO. Harrison reported to McClaren, who has

headed all non-North American operations, since a management shake-up

last year.



Ezrin said: 'I appointed Tom to his role last year and Julia reported to

him. That has now changed. I was looking for the best way to serve

clients and as soon as I came to a decision I let Julia know.'



'The aim is to get better integration and link Europe more with

operations in Asia and Latin America,' he added.



A source at GPC suggested her departure was due to increasing pressures

to cut costs and a clash of personalities with Ezrin, but he denied

this: 'There was nothing in my communication with Julia to suggest

that.'



Harrison was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.



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