NEW YORK, June 1—Connors Communications, one of the great public relations agency success stories of the dot-com era, has named Scott Allison, currently general manager of its west coast operations, president. According to agency founder and CEO Connie Connors, Allison will focus on managing the day-to-day operations of the firm, freeing her to spend more time on client work, particularly providing CEO counsel, and more time “looking at where the next wave of technology growth is coming from.”
Allison joined Connors in September 1999 as head of its San Francisco office, having previously spent 12 years in executive positions with San Diego public relations firm The Gable Group. Under his leadership, the San Francisco office has added clients including Allbusiness.com, SideStep, Visto, Zipreality.com, eUniverse and Photopoint. He also played a key role in the opening of Connors’ southern California office in Los Angeles last year.
According to Connors, “This is a natural evolution in that there are very few people in this world who have the innate ability to run a professional services firm. But Scott is a natural for the role, and I think it will be very empowering for him.
Allison will team with COO Andy Hardie-Brown, who supervises Connors’ business management functions including finance, international expansion and affiliate relationships. Allison will focus on client service, personnel management, and development of new client offerings—particularly valuable as the firm’s core business suffers from the downturn in the Internet arena.
Connors, meanwhile, says she plans to “immerse myself in and influence upcoming technology trends, continue to offer the most senior level strategic counsel to all of our clients, and to strengthen the backbone of Connors’ success: our unique corporate culture.” She says that while she expects revenues to decline somewhat in 2001—possibly back to 1999 levels—she expects the technology sector to bounce back.