One more exec leaves as GCI departures continue

LOS ANGELES: GCI Group VP Joseph Riser, who oversaw the corporate and technology practice in Los Angeles, quit last Friday after barely a year to 'pursue other opportunities'.

LOS ANGELES: GCI Group VP Joseph Riser, who oversaw the corporate and technology practice in Los Angeles, quit last Friday after barely a year to 'pursue other opportunities'.

LOS ANGELES: GCI Group VP Joseph Riser, who oversaw the corporate and technology practice in Los Angeles, quit last Friday after barely a year to 'pursue other opportunities'.

Riser is said to be joining another agency, but he would neither confirm nor deny this. He has not yet been replaced, though recently named associate GM Jacob Drake said San Francisco-based EVP Robert Berger would provide account support in the interim.

Riser's departure is the most recent in a mass exodus in the senior ranks, allegedly sparked by the exit of former EVP and managing director Robert Chew last June to join Internet dating service MatchNet. Shortly afterwards, LA's budding interactive practice, helmed by Chew, was dissolved, eliminating the positions of VP of Internet Strategies Heera Kapoor and three more personnel.

The agency needs to recruit extra bodies quickly to handle recently won clients, including RadioShack and Microsoft Network (MSN).

Drake, who transferred from GCI/Chicago last month, has pledged quick action to shore up LA operations. Within the next month, the office will add a new VP from GCI/Atlanta: Lynn Klein, who will build a Southern California healthcare practice. In addition, Drake has just added three senior account staffers.





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