HUNTSWORTH GREW 3.8% IN Q1
Huntsworth announced May 18 that first-quarter revenues rose 3.8 percent, powered by a 19.4 percent advance by its Red unit, which picked up Symantec, Adobe, Boots and Gatwick Airport during the past year.
CEO Peter Chadlington said management is keeping tight control on costs due to the uncertain economic outlook, especially in Europe. He expects modest full-year growth, but improved profitability.
Huntsworth’s global flagship Grayling, active in more than 40 countries and the U.S. via Atomic PR and Dutko, registered a 3.8 percent gain to its $150M revenue base. Developments in the Middle East paced its performance. Huntsworth Health was up
3.3 percent during Q1, while Citigate declined 2.7 percent.
The company announced that Terry Graunke, cofounder of Lake Capital, has joined its board. LC and Graunke own a 9.8 percent stake in Huntsworth.
CLABO TO HEAD HP MEDIA RELATIONS
Howard Clabo, head of communications for Applied Materials, joined HP to head corporate media relations and executive communications on May 21.
Clabo exits the $10B tech giant Applied after three years as managing director and head of corporate comms.
HP CEO Meg Whitman, the former eBay chief who took the reins in September after the ouster of Leo Apotheker, tapped her longtime PR advisor Henry Gomez as chief communications officer in January.
Clabo previously led media relations for FedEx and worked on the agency side at Citigate and Grey Global Group.
Whitman may cut up to 30K H-P staffers as part of her revitalization program. The company had 350K employees at the end of fiscal 2011.
PIERCE PICKED FOR W20 COO POST
Tom Pierce, who was director of operations and finance at BDO Consulting in New York, has joined W2O Group as chief operating officer, a new position.
He’s in charge of information technology, human resources and corporate services at the parent company of WCG Group, Twist and W2O Ventures.
Prior to BDO, Pierce held financial and operational posts at Marsh Inc., GCI Group and Booz & Co. in a career of more 20 years.