Citing the poor economy, Earle Palmer Brown is closing its Stamford, Conn., outpost and one of two offices in Philadelphia, resulting in about 15 layoffs. "Obviously, we needed to make moves for cost efficiency," said Mary Baglivo, president of EPB parent Panoramic Communications, confirming the decision.
The Philadelphia office is consolidating its operations at Manyunk, Pa.-based Odyssey, the interactive firm that Panoramic purchased in March. The agency will continue servicing clients like Dupont, Comcast and Helzberg Diamonds from this office. Carl Teitelman, managing partner at EPB, Philadelphia, will split his time between there and New York, said Baglivo.
Meanwhile, the Stamford, Conn., office, largely a public relations practice, is moving to the New York headquarters. The office's remaining employees and accounts, which include a portion of Novartis, will be consolidated here, said Baglivo.
EPB claimed $172 million in billings in 2000 from clients like Blue Cross Blue Shield FEP and IBM. Accounting for layoffs, the agency now has just north of 200 employees, said Baglivo.