NEWS: Agency founder Pittham quits job

Cathy Pittham, director of hi- tech and consumer agency Spreckley Pittham, has quit the agency after nine years and sold her stake in it.

Cathy Pittham, director of hi- tech and consumer agency Spreckley

Pittham, has quit the agency after nine years and sold her stake in it.



Pittham resigned as director at the end of last year but officially left

the company as an employee this week after four month’s maternity leave.



Before leaving Pittham also sold her 30 per cent stake in the company to

fellow director Mike Spreckley who now becomes the agency’s sole owner

and director.



Pittham said the parting had been entirely amicable but was prompted by

fundamental differences over the future direction of the consultancy,

which dropped from number 60 to 81 in this year’s PR Week Top 150

rankings. Fee income was down by 21 per cent from pounds 1,021,655 in

1994 to pounds 806,299 in 1995.



‘We felt we had come to a parting of the ways in the way we felt about

PR,’ she said. ‘My specialism is the hi-tech and business-to-business

area whereas Mike’s expertise lies in the consumer goods market. My area

requires a different approach from the one we had at Spreckley Pittham.’



Pittham remained tight- lipped about her plans for the future, but

denied that she had quit the PR business for good.



Spreckley said clients had been fully informed of Pittham’s decision to

leave and that business remained unaffected by her departure. ‘Business

is as buoyant as ever and we are winning business at a pretty good

rate,’ he said.



He added that he did not intend to change the agency’s name or its

ownership structure, but did not rule out more directors eventually

being recruited internally.



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