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
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
Harrison was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.