Management shake-up at Osprey

- Clive Smith, the group chief executive of Osprey Communications, has taken over as chief executive of the group's sales promotion and public relations arm, CSP, following the resignations last week of two senior directors, including the managing director.

- Clive Smith, the group chief executive of Osprey Communications, has taken over as chief executive of the group's sales promotion and public relations arm, CSP, following the resignations last week of two senior directors, including the managing director.

Smith, who is a founder of CSP, is taking the increased hands-on role on a permanent basis to replace the managing director Steve Harding and Mark Huntley. It is not clear if the pair had jobs to go to.

Smith said: "We have restructured the company to deliver a truly integrated proposition to our clients."

Additionally, CSP is to grow its new media and sponsorship offering with the appointment of a new board director -- as yet unnamed -- from outside the company.

"We're finding that the market is increasingly being driven by new media," said Neal Fullman, the public relations director of CSP, "and many of our clients now want it to be part of our proposition. There are a number of synergies between new media and what we already do -- broadcast sponsorship, for example."

Osprey Communications is built of a number of marketing services companies, including Osprey Park, the advertising agency, and a direct marketing shop Osprey Direct. Osprey Group is currently in merger negotiations with Summerfield Wilmot Keane. The deal would allow SWK to take over the management of Osprey Park.

A number of announcements are expected in the next couple of weeks regarding the future development of Osprey Communications and CSP.



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