Levitan Leaves, Along With 5 Miami Staffers

DALLAS Aida Levitan, vice chairperson of Bromley Communications, has left less than a year after merging her Miami company Publicis Sanchez & Levitan with the San Antonio-based shop, agency representatives said.

Levitan’s departure coincided with five layoffs at the Miami office. Before the merger, the office had nearly 100 employees. Last year, Bromley closed the Dallas office of PSL when the merger was finalized. Bromley and PSL were both part of Publicis in the U.S.

Bromley, headed by CEO Ernest Bromley, became one of the top two Hispanic advertising agencies after the merger with billings of $276 million in 2004, according to the shop. Bromley reps Tuesday said they had no information on whether Levitan quit or was fired.

“Right now, our official position is no comment,” a Bromley rep said.

Levitan, who started PSL in the garage of her Key Biscayne, Fla., home in 1983, expanded it with her partners to one of the largest Hispanic shops in the country with branches in Dallas and New York. Billings were more than $40 million in 2003. Levitan’s partner, Fausto Sanchez, left the agency after the merger last year.