NEW YORK—Rick Rice, general manager of the San Francisco office of GCI Group, is leaving the firm to pursue personal interests, He will remain of counsel to GCI as needed for an indefinite period of time and will assist Mary Hancock, a senior vice president in the Bay Area office, who will serve as interim general manager while the firm searches for a successor.
Rice, who was general manager of the San Francisco office of Hill & Knowlton before a brief period of semi-retirement, joined GCI last year after the firm had experienced unsettling turnover at the top of its Bay Area operations. In recent years it had lost Greg Spector to Blanc & Otus, Sam Singer and Larry Kamer of acquired public affairs firm Kamer-Singer Associates, and Martin Alintuck, his predecessor as general manager.
But according to agency president Bob Feldman, Rice helped stabilize the firm’s San Francisco office, and left it in a strong competitive position.
Also leaving the firm is Nancy Croitoru, head of the Toronto office, who has accepted the position of chief executive officer of the Food & Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada, an industry association representing more than 150 Canadian operated food and consumer product companies.
“Our offices in Toronto and San Francisco are both poised for their next phase of growth, thanks to Nancy’s and Rick’s work,” says Feldman. “While I’m personally disappointed to see the two of them move on, I fully respect the choices they’re making for the next chapters in their lives.”