SAN FRANCISCO: The Bay Area PR market continues to show signs of
strain as Weber Group and GCI Group made drastic changes to their local
Weber is closing its SF office and moving to the location currently
occupied by Red Whistle.
Donna Gibbs, GM of the firm's Western region, said the move is designed
to take advantage of lower real estate costs. Gibbs did confirm,
however, that staff reductions will be announced next week. In addition,
the e-business company Sybase has dropped Weber, its agency of record
"It became apparent we were in need of a change," said Rick Myllenbeck,
Sybase's senior director of PR. "Senior executives had lost some
confidence in Weber's ability to get some top tier stuff done, and I
wasn't getting the strategic support I needed to get Sybase moving
Myllenbeck said the company is looking at The Horn Group, Blanc & Otus
and Citigate Cunningham among others to take on the dollars 1 million
GCI Group laid off 22 people in SF in late June, primarily from its
health tech practice which will now be run from New York only.