INTERNATIONAL: Shock as 11 staff quit account jobs at merged agency

SINGAPORE: The recent merger in Asia between Golin Harris/Forrest (GH/F) and Scotchbrook/BSMG has taken a dramatic twist as 11 account staff led by GH/F Singapore MD Alan Lee have resigned.

When Scotchbrook/BSMG merged with GH/F in November 2001 the firms had 18 and seven staff respectively.

According to GH/F Asia MD Anne Forrest, none of the staff concerned will be moving on to fixed employment.

She said: 'We're at a loss to understand why this has happened.'

Rifts became apparent under the new set-up, according to former GH/F managing director Jeff Schultz, who had changed his title to South-East Asia MD to accommodate Lee's role.

Schultz said Scotchbrook/BSMG was run like a 'local agency', with the BSMG network adopting a 'hands-off' approach.

Five clients are understood to have resigned accounts directly prior to the exodus.

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