Blanc to retire from role as director of H&K tech practice

NEW YORK: Maureen Blanc, cofounder of Blanc & Otus (the tech firm that merged with Hill & Knowlton in 1999), is retiring.

NEW YORK: Maureen Blanc, cofounder of Blanc & Otus (the tech firm that merged with Hill & Knowlton in 1999), is retiring.

A replacement for Blanc, director of the global tech practice, has not yet been named. Blanc said she will pursue personal goals, and will continue to consult with her firm and H&K.

"It's been a great ride," she said, "but I am ready to move on. I plan on spending more time with my family and serving on the boards of nonprofit organizations." Blanc is co-chair of the San Francisco chapter of Friends of the Children, a mentoring program for at-risk children.

Paul Taaffe, chairman and CEO of H&K, credited Blanc for help in raising the agency's profile in the tech PR world.

"For the past four years, Maureen and her B&O/H&K teams have formed the core of our US tech practice," he said. "Under her, H&K has emerged as a leading practitioner in the tech industry. We are grateful to have been the beneficiaries of her counsel and acumen."

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