Team Succeeds CJRW PR Boss

After more than 20 years at Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods, Little Rock, Ark., public relations director and executive vice president Brenda Scisson is relinquishing her post for personal reasons.
Succeeding her will be a team of public relations professionals from Little Rock’s Pittman/Portis Communications, whose executives and clients are joining CJRW.
Scisson’s last day is today, when she plans to “take some time off to recharge my batteries, contemplate my future and then set a plan for the next several years in my professional life,” she said.
Frank Cox, president and chief executive officer of CJRW, said the agency’s executive committee “deeply” regrets Scisson’s decision. “At the same time, we understand and respect her decision to take a different path in her professional life.”
Neither Cox nor Scisson laid out the departing executive’s plans for the immediate future. Scisson did say her plans include remaining in public relations “in some capacity.”
Personnel arriving from Pittman/Portis include Stacy Pittman, agency founder and daughter of Little Rock advertising veteran Bob Sells, as senior vice president; Jonathan Portis and Paul Johnson, who will each function as senior public relations account executives; and project coordinator Melinda Carelock.
CJRW said all of Pittman’s clients are also making the transition.
Along with two other agency veterans, Scisson was named executive vice president in October 1996, when CJRW’s restructured management moved Cox to his present role and named Shelby Woods chairman.
Scisson started at the agency in 1978, working under Ron Robinson, who relinquished his role as president and CEO in that 1996 shift.