Three agencies have been shortlisted to pitch for the account, including Communique, with a decision expected at the end of the month.
The company is planning to launch a range of new camping, snowboard and outdoor safety products early next year.
Communique PR has held the account for three and a half years. Since agency founder Carroll announced he was leaving in June, Communique has lost the Thorntons account to Borkowski PR with a review pending of its Focus Wickes account early next year.
l Communique PR has called in freelance consultant Christian Williams as temporary MD. He was formerly director of corporate comms for surgical systems manufacturer the Gyrus Group.