Former H&K GM Rice Takes Over GCI Bay Area Office
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Former H&K GM Rice Takes Over GCI Bay Area Office

Richard Rice, who earlier this year stepped down as general manager of the San Francisco office of Hill & Knowlton, has been named president of GCI Group’s operations in the Bay Area.

Paul Holmes

NEW YORK—Richard Rice, who earlier this year stepped down as general manager of the San Francisco office of Hill & Knowlton, has been named president of GCI Group’s operations in the Bay Area.
 
Rice has experience in agency management and expertise in the areas of financial relations and crisis management. He also served as deputy director of the global technology practice at H&K.
 
He has advised clients such as the California Olive Industry, Compass Bancshares, Digimarc, Edward DeBartolo Jr., Greenpoint Savings Bank, Safeway, Sony PlayStation, The Sharper Image, and Union Pacific Corporation on communications strategies surrounding numerous financial and legal issues including bankruptcy, restructuring, restatement, intellectual property, financial irregularities, earnings shortfall, mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and product liability.
 
“Rick is a client-driven leader who is as comfortable dealing with a crisis as he is in launching a new product or service for a client,” said Bob Pearson, president of GCI Americas.  “Rick has built his own firm before and he has successfully managed the SF office of a top five agency.  We’re excited to have him on board.” 
 
From 1987 to 1993 Rice served as president of Belcher & Rice Communications, a firm he founded to handle corporate, crisis, financial and marketing communications with offices in California, Connecticut and Texas. His previous experience includes serving as director of corporate communications for Geosource, a Fortune 500 oil field services company.
 
“The current Bay Area public relations market is competitive, to say the least,” said Rice. “I’m looking forward to working with the people at GCI/San Francisco and throughout the network to strengthen our services and deliver results for the clients and the firm. This is a challenge and an opportunity that has me excited.”
 
GCI’s Bay Area operations have been disrupted over the past 24 months. The firm’s acquisition of public affairs firm Kamer Singer & Associates created problems, with both principals leaving, and last month it came close to taking over the operations of local tech shop Wilson McHenry and naming principal Lerry Wilson general manager.
 
Rice takes over from Martin Alintuck, who left GCI just before news of the Wilson McHenry deal broke.
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