CRT loses founder as Hipple departs

RICHMOND, VA: After just seven months as president of Carter Ryley Thomas PR (CRT), J.R. Hipple has quit, citing the desire to spend more time with family.

RICHMOND, VA: After just seven months as president of Carter Ryley Thomas PR (CRT), J.R. Hipple has quit, citing the desire to spend more time with family.

With his resignation, Hipple is ceding all equity in the firm, and must adhere to a one-year non-compete clause.

Hipple was one of the company's founders when it formed in 1996, evolving from Earle Palmer Brown's Virginia base. He oversaw the Richmond headquarters' daily operations. His management duties will be split among three executives: COO Mike Mulvihill, and EVPs Brian Ellis and Peggy Cummings.

Chairman Mark Raper said the plan is to replace Hipple with a single president. But they will "wait five or six months to sort out the different attributes of the executives," he said.

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