GCI Expected to Acquire Wilson McHenry
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GCI Expected to Acquire Wilson McHenry

GCI Group is expected to announce this week that it has acquired Wilson McHenry. In what appears to be a related move, GCI has reportedly parted company with its San Francisco general manager Martin Alintuck.

Paul Holmes

SAN FRANCISCO, April 1—GCI Group is expected to announce this week that it has acquired Wilson McHenry, a technology public relations firm that reported fees of around $10 million in 2000. In what appears to be a related move, GCI has reportedly parted company with its San Francisco general manager Martin Alintuck—hired last year from Burson-Marsteller—and with technology practice leader Dianne Gleason.
 
Management at GCI declined to comment on the moves, and North American president Bob Pearson said no deal had been completed, but speculation in the San Francisco community is that the deal will be confirmed early this week.
 
GCI has experienced significant difficulties in San Francisco in recent years. It lost general manager Greg Spector to Blanc & Otus two years ago, and then lost both principals of Kamer Singer & Associates, acquired in 2000. Revenues in the Bay Area declined last year from $13 million in 2000 to around $7 million.
 
But Wilson McHenry apparently had difficulties of its own last year. While revenue numbers for 2001 are not available, the firm’s website puts it current headcount at 40, compared to 73 reported to the Council of PR Firms in 2000, when revenues were just short of $10 million.
 
Wilson McHenry was founded in 1990 by Lerry Wilson and Julie McHenry, both veterans of The Waggener Group. It has offices in San Francisco, New York, Salt Lake City and London, England, and a client list that includes Celiant, Convergys Corporation, Maxtor Corporation, Mellanox Technologies, Reed Business Information, Seiko Austin, and Upside magazine.
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