Jane Howard and Deborah Lewis, the directors who quit Leedex PR in
February, have formed a new agency called Republic.
Kodak, a Lewis client at Leedex, has followed the two women to their new
Howard resigned her job as Leedex group managing director in protest at
the share dealings of Kevin Morley, chairman of the agency’s listed
parent company Birkdale (PR Week, 7 February). She also relinquished her
seat on the Birkdale board.
Lewis - who worked at Text 100 before moving to Leedex four years ago -
resigned soon afterwards.
’I have to say I can’t speak to you,’ said Howard when asked about the
It is believed, however, that Republic’s work for Kodak has a European
communications dimension, part of which involves dealing with the World
Trade Organisation on trade dispute matters.
The Kodak account was worth an estimated pounds 200,000 in fees when at
Republic is also working for a consortium of companies comprising ICL,
EDS, WCL and WS Atkins bidding for the Prestige ticketing system
contract from London Transport.
’Republic have been helping us with the PR and communications issues
related to the offer we’ve put in on the bid,’ said consortium marketing
manager Victoria Pender.