SAN FRANCISCO: The Weber/Cunningham wedding is apparently off - and the two tech titans were never even engaged, principals from both agencies swore last week.
SAN FRANCISCO: The Weber/Cunningham wedding is apparently off - and
the two tech titans were never even engaged, principals from both
agencies swore last week.
Top execs at Cunningham and Weber, who previously declined comment or
were unavailable to discuss the potential agreement, vehemently denied
rumors of a merger or acquisition.
’I have always respected Cunningham as one of the finest hi-tech firms
in the world and am fond of my relationship with Andy Cunningham,’ said
Larry Weber. ’But we have never spoken about an acquisition and never
At least one source said he could understand how the Weber/Cunningham
whispers got their start. ’My guess is that (Cunningham) is out pounding
the pavement to see how they can raise money, like most independent
agencies are these days,’ he surmised.
An even wilder accusation pointed to the possibility that Larry Weber
had intentionally planted the rumor with a PRWeek reporter who was once
a Weber employee. However, that reporter was never contacted by Weber
for the article. In fact, nobody from PRWeek received a call until after
the story appeared in print. ’I find that rumor insulting and not even
worth commenting on,’ said Weber.
Sources still claim the deal may come to fruition, and dismissed the
outraged responses by Cunningham and Weber as par for the course.
Still, even if Weber is not the suitor currently courting Cunningham,
industry insiders scoff at the Palo Alto-based firm’s declarations that
it is not in play. The likely buyer would be a communications
conglomerate rather than another PR firm, thus circumventing client