Garrity leaving Compaq

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Jim Garrity is leaving as Compaq Computer Corp.'s VP-communications for North America to join First Union Corp., Bloomberg reported Thursday. Mr. Garrity, 50, is reportedly taking a top marketing and communications post at First Union, the booming Charlotte, N.C., bank that last year hired Hal Riney & Partners, San Francisco, as its agency. His apparent departure comes just as David Middleton, 41, leaves IBM Corp. to join Compaq as global VP-marketing and communications.

Mr. Garrity, the incoming chairman of the Association of National Advertisers, has been at the center of Compaq advertising and communications since 1992. He ended a long career at IBM that year to join Compaq on its remarkable ride to become No. 1 worldwide in sales of PCs and servers. Calls to Mr. Garrity and Compaq were not immediately returned; efforts to reach First Union weren't successful.

Copyright February 1997, Crain Communications Inc.

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