GCG hit by staff losses in wake of Citigate merger

Global Consulting Group, the Huntsworth-owned firm that last year merged with Citigate Public Affairs, has suffered an exodus of staff.

Three further people have quit, to add to MD of EU PA Stephanie Lvovich's move to a director role at APCO (PRWeek, 28 April).

PRWeek has learned that her deputy Rocco Renaldi handed in his notice last week and will be joining Hill & Knowlton's Brussels office as a senior consultant.  He will join former GCG colleague Sachiko Muto, who joined H&K Brussels as a consultant after taking voluntary redundancy at the start of the year.

In addition, GCG account managers Charlotte Hughes and Francesca Fanucci have also resigned; both had expertise in food and advertising issues. Hughes is set to be reunited with Lvovich, having landed a job at APCO.

Fanucci has joined The Whitehouse Consultancy in the newly created role of new-business co-ordinator. She said Whitehouse, traditionally strong in the food and nutrition arena, was 'expanding to take on more healthcare, education and charity clients'.

US-based GCG entered the European public affairs arena two years ago with the £2m acquisition of Ergo Communications (PRWeek, 23 July 2004). The latest departures leave Jeremy Kane as the only ex-Ergo staffer remaining (albeit in a part-time role) since its acquisition. He is a previous Ergo chairman.

Back at Citigate Public Affairs, meanwhile, director Rex Osborn has been awarded the role of MD, reporting to Warwick Smith, who functions as chairman and CEO of Citigate and vice-chairman of GCG.

Osborn steps into the post vacated by Simon Nayyar's defection to Edelman at the beginning of the year.

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