Demand remains for comms execs

San Francisco: Companies across a range of industries are still

hiring senior corporate communications executives in spite of the

economic downturn and the September 11 attacks.

These findings, gleaned from recent studies conducted by New York-based

executive search firm Heyman Associates, were announced by CEO William

Heyman at the San Francisco Public Relations Roundtable meeting last


The upturn actually began before the attacks, he said. "From August 1 to

September 10, we booked more new searches than we had all summer," he

told the group. "Additionally, we didn't lose any searches after the

terrorist attacks. We have actually begun new searches since then."

Heyman said companies are trying to figure out how to stay relevant in a

changing economy, and may be trying to take a new approach to PR.

Companies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, managed care,

accounting, law, and advertising industries are among those looking for

PR managers. Heyman added that he anticipates greater activity in

financial services and mature technology companies early next year.

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