Tech woes force Powell Tate cuts

WASHINGTON: Powell Tate announced layoffs last week, cutting seven

people from its roster and implementing "salary givebacks" among senior


Founder Jody Powell blamed a combination of client losses and smaller

budgets. "In a few cases - particularly in the tech area - clients have

run out of money," he said.

Powell, whose firm was bought as part of The Cassidy Companies by

Shandwick International in 1999, said the layoffs touched lower and

mid-level staffers across all areas. Senior staff members were given

salary reductions.

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