LONDON: Fleishman-Hillard UK has been hit by the resignation of MD Scott Clark, with Kevin Bell, MD at its sister public affairs shop, GPC International, appointed to replace him.
Clark's exit, announced to staff last Tuesday, sees Bell take charge of both the Omnicom-owned agencies and more than 50 staff members.
It also emerged this week that Neil Backwith has resigned from his role as European chief of Porter Novelli Europe, also part of the Omnicom Group.
PN global CEO Helen Ostrowski said she had no "current plans" to hire a direct replacement for Backwith, a 20-year agency veteran who does not have a job to go to.
Backwith said his aim to better integrate PN's US and European operations was "in effect, completed." He is on a 12-month notice that is set to expire "late this year."
Meanwhile, Clark will remain at Fleishman until late March, after which he will "take an extended break before moving into his next role in the communications industry," according to a statement.
Bell, who continues to report to Dave Senay, Fleishman president Europe, said he "couldn't rule out" a rebranding of GPC to Fleishman, as has just happened in the US. It is claimed that at GPC, Bell has run the most profitable part of Fleishman in Europe.