Gitsham, who is based in France and is now serving out a six-month notice period, said she planned to join a ‘new venture’ that would be unveiled in the last quarter of 2004.
She would neither confirm nor deny widespread industry speculation that she plans to team up with CPR co-founder Scott Clark and former CPR Worldwide MD Oliver Parsons to launch a PR agency.
Clark quit as UK MD of CPR parent firm Fleish-man-Hillard in February (PRWeek, 27 February) and Parsons resigned from CPR the following week (PRWeek, 5 March).
Clark founded CPR with Gitsham and Dr Steve Carroll in 1993; the trio sold up to F-H six years later.
Carroll, who is now the sole founder still with the agency, said: ‘The agency wishes Moira well in the future – we will miss her.’
He added: ‘We have a group of very loyal people – and strong second-tier management. Morale is good and the business is healthy.’
Carroll said announcements were likely within a month regarding senior appointments and new contracts had been won from Pfizer, Novartis and Boehringer Ingelheim this year.