David Landis
David Landis

David Landis, founder and president of Landis Communications Inc., announced that he plans to step down at the San Francisco-based agency.

His retirement becomes effective October 1.

General manager Sean Dowdall has been appointed to succeed Landis in the president role.

Landis, who founded the agency in 1990, told O’Dwyer’s that his shop, which was responsible for launching Old Navy, making Match.com a household name and helping save the iconic redwoods of California through the agency’s longstanding client, Save The Redwoods League, “exceeded all expectations.”

Landis said he plans to continue penning his food/restaurant column for the San Francisco Bay Times and will also interview symphony, opera, jazz and Broadway stars for the Amateur Music Network.

“What could be better?” Landis said.

Landis, which is one of the last independent communications agencies in San Francisco and specializes in consumer technology, B2B, healthcare, corporate and institutional PR, accounted for more than $2.1 million in net fees in 2020, according to O’Dwyer’s rankings of PR firms.