GCI/SF founder departs for B&O

SAN FRANCISCO: GCI Group’s San Francisco outpost underwent a top-level shakeup last week, with its founding officer, Greg Spector, departing to join cross-town tech shop Blanc & Otus.

SAN FRANCISCO: GCI Group’s San Francisco outpost underwent a top-level shakeup last week, with its founding officer, Greg Spector, departing to join cross-town tech shop Blanc & Otus.

SAN FRANCISCO: GCI Group’s San Francisco outpost underwent a

top-level shakeup last week, with its founding officer, Greg Spector,

departing to join cross-town tech shop Blanc & Otus.



The move came almost 10 years to the day after he co-founded Jennings &

Company, a tech agency acquired by GCI in 1995. ’I wanted to return to

my roots and get back to an agency with a singular hi-tech focus,’ said

Spector, who joins B&O as SVP and GM of the firm’s San Francisco

headquarters.



Predictably, Spector’s departure spurred a series of moves at GCI/San

Francisco. GCI president and CEO Bob Feldman, who described Spector as

’a fine leader and a great friend,’ said the shake-up forced the firm to

expedite the unveiling of a newly formalized global telecom and

technology practice group.



’The amount of growth we’ve seen in the past year demands new management

structures,’ Feldman said. ’Most of our telecom and hi-tech clients have

traditionally been managed by our corporate practice, so the creation of

the new group will allow us to commit greater resources and energy than

before.’



Feldman’s choice to run the practice is Bill Marks, who was promoted to

EVP and managing director of GCI/Atlanta last May when office founder

Ken Willis was bumped up to president of North American operations.

Willis will re-assume the mantle in Atlanta while maintaining his other

post.



To account for the void created by Spector’s departure, the agency

elevated Sam Singer to managing director of GCI/San Francisco. Singer

joined the firm last year when GCI acquired Kamer-Singer & Associates, a

labor relations and crisis management shop he co-founded.



Diane Gleason also saw her responsibilities expanded, as she was

promoted to EVP of GCI/San Francisco and named interim co-director of

the Bay Area technology practice with SVP Susan Radd.



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