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
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.’
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