ATLANTA—Atlanta public relations veterans Bob Cohn and Jim Overstreet, both of whom joined the firm when it acquired 360 Thinc, are leaving GCI Group to launch their own public relations firm. But at the same time, William Marks, former managing director of GCI Atlanta and most recently vice president for public relations at the Coca Cola Company, will rejoin the firm as executive vice president.
Cohn and Overstreet will join forces with Amy Parrish, another former GCI executive, to launch Cohn Overstreet & Parrish.
And Cohn pledges that this time, he won’t be selling his firm to one of the big communications conglomerates, “It is our intention to leave something behind for those who work with us to grow this,” he said. While Cohn’s original firm, Cohn & Wolfe, is still part of the WPP empire, its Atlanta office—once the largest in town—was closed in 2001.
“Bob and Jim are well regarded communications professionals and we wish them well in their new endeavors,” said Ken Willis, president of GCI Atlanta. “Bill rejoining our firm is exciting news. He’s one of the top public relations professionals in our community and indeed the country.”
GCI Atlanta is the second largest PR firm in the city, representing Coca-Cola and other major local companies.