Leggetter ousted in F-H reorganisation

Restructuring at Fleishman-Hillard, following its acquisition by communications giant Omnicom in April, has claimed its first victim.

Restructuring at Fleishman-Hillard, following its acquisition by

communications giant Omnicom in April, has claimed its first victim.



Barry Leggetter, F-H’s UK managing director, has parted company with the

agency he joined three years ago. He left on Monday, the same day that

staff were told of his departure.



’There is a reorganisation planned that means the London office will

report to Fleishman-Hillard Europe Paris for the first time, rather than

to the worldwide headquarters in St Louis,’ Leggetter told PR Week.



Sources close to F-H said Leggetter refused to back down on the

issue.



He flew to St Louis to meet chief executive John Graham last week, but

failed to reach any agreement.



Graham’s remit has broadened following his appointment as chairman and

CEO of Communications Consulting Worldwide - the combined

Fleishman-Hillard and Porter Novelli International.



F-H UK was kept guessing for several months after the acquisition as to

the future structure of the company. Industry sources suggest that the

amalgamation of F-H and Porter Novelli International has not been

wholeheartedly welcomed within F-H UK. Leggetter was headhunted from

Countrywide Porter Novelli three years ago to boost F-H’s standing.



’Structural changes are taking place in Europe - it’s going to be

streamlined,’ said European chairman Frank Barnard. ’Barry had ambitions

to move in certain directions and they weren’t where we were going.’



Leggetter’s responsibilities at F-H will be handled by Barnard and

corporate and financial director, Deborah Saw, whom Barnard tipped to

take over the managing director position.



Leggetter’s exit has also resulted in him resigning from his position as

chairman elect of the PRCA.



’It’s a real shame because it’s always been a lifetime dream to be at

the head of the industry,’ said Leggetter.



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