NEW YORK—Maureen Blanc is stepping down as chairman of Blanc & Otus, the firm she founded with Simone Otus in 1985 and sold to Hill & Knowlton in 1999. She will leave technology public relations and her role as director of H&K’s global technology practice to pursue personal goals.
“For the last four years, Maureen and her integrated B&O/ H&K teams have formed the core of our U.S. tech practice,” said Paul Taaffe, chairman and CEO of Hill & Knowlton. “Under her stewardship, Hill & Knowlton has emerged as a leading practitioner in the tech industry. We are grateful to have been the beneficiaries of her counsel and acumen.”
The Hill & Knowlton Technology Practice comprises Blanc & Otus, with headquarters in Silicon Valley; and the H&K global technology practice, a network of tech practitioners around the world.
“My resignation and retirement comes with a heavy heart, but a very fulfilled one,” said Blanc. “I have had a rich and wonderful 20-year career in high technology PR: 16 of them building Blanc & Otus with my partner Simone Otus, and the past four working with the Hill & Knowlton global network. It has been a great ride, but I am ready to move on. I plan on spending more time with my family and serving on the boards of the non-profit organizations with which I am currently involved.”
Blanc will continue consult with Blanc & Otus and Hill & Knowlton’s technology practice.