NEW YORK—Don Middleberg, chief executive of Middleberg Communications, and Jim Dowd, CEO of The Dowd Agency, are merging their two firms. The new full-service agency will operate as Middleberg Communications, with The Dowd Agency as its consumer division.
Don Middleberg will serve as CEO of the combined firms, with Jim Dowd serving as managing director and head of the consumer division. Dowd will also be a principal of the parent company. Middleberg Communications will now have revenues exceeding $4 million and nearly 25 employees.
Don Middleberg returned to public relations in late 2006 after fulfilling contractual obligations from the sale of his former firm Middleberg & Associates to Havas. Middleberg grew his former agency into a 150-employee, $18 million operation—and a pioneer in the dot-com arena, before selling it to Euro RSCG, a division of Havas, in June 2000.
His new firm is best known for its work in the financial services and technology categories, and had previously acquired financial and professional services specialist TowersGroup.