Hill Holliday cuts staff; co-president leaves

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Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos Feb. 15 is laying off staff at its Boston headquarters, a result of the slowing economy and what agency officials called part of an annual assessment of expenses and costs. It's believed that 20 to 30 people across all lines of business will be affected. That would amount to about a 5% layoff at the shop, owned by Interpublic Group of Cos. Last year, the agency laid off about 18 people. Separately, Co-President June Blocklin is leaving the agency to become president of partner services at UPromise, a Brookline, Mass., loyalty-based college savings program that uses Hill Holliday as its direct agency. Mike Sheehan, who had split duties with Ms. Blocklin, will become sole president of the shop. In addition, Hill Holliday promoted Karen Kaplan to executive VP-managing director, from executive VP-group account director on FleetBoston Financial Corp. and John Hancock Financial Services.

Copyright February 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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