Evans quits Bates after Blue Skies merger

Bates Communications has lost its chairman, Marcus Evans, and planning director, Jeremy Hall, following last week’s announcement that Bates UK was merging all its below-the-line interests with its acquisition, Blue Skies.

Bates Communications has lost its chairman, Marcus Evans, and

planning director, Jeremy Hall, following last week’s announcement that

Bates UK was merging all its below-the-line interests with its

acquisition, Blue Skies.



Evans walked out of the agency last Friday and Hall handed in his notice

on Tuesday. Neither are expected to work out long notice periods,

although a prepared statement issued by Bates concerning Evans said: ’He

will continue to be available to Bates and its clients as required over

the next few months.’



It is thought that the resignations are due to ill-feeling caused by the

decision to bring in Blue Skies’ chairman, the sales promotion figure

Graham Green, over Evans’ head to join Bates UK’s main board.



A number of other employees are believed to be seeking alternative

employment.



A replacement is being sought for Hall, although Evans’ position as

chairman will be taken over by Green, who assumes overall responsibility

for all of Bates’s below-the-line interests, including the sales

promotion shop, 141, and Bates Interactive.



Evans was unavailable for further comment, but said in the statement:

’I’m proud of what Bates Communications has achieved on behalf of its

clients over the past two-and-a-half years. While I’m sad to be leaving,

I feel that now is the right time to pursue other interests.’



A statement from Graham Hinton, the Bates UK chairman, read: ’Marcus has

made a tremendous contribution to the growth of our direct marketing

capability. I am sad that he has decided to leave at a time when Bates

UK is about to enter the most exciting phase in its history.’



Live Issue, p12.



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