New Business Execs Depart Hill, Holliday

BOSTON After almost a year as evp, chief development officer at Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos, Greg Davis has left the Interpublic Group-owned shop, the agency confirmed.

Davis, an ex-Kaplan Thaler Group executive, had joined Hill, Holliday last June in the post to help ratchet up the agency’s flagging new business efforts and support Ann Billock, who had come aboard at roughly the same time as Hill, Holliday’s first chief marketing officer. Billock left the shop in January [Adweek Online, Jan. 11].

An agency representative also confirmed that another senior director of the shop’s new business team, Brent Hodges, who had been based in Boston, is no longer employed at the company.

The rep declined to say why Davis and Hodges are no longer with the agency; neither could immediately be reached for comment. It is unclear if replacements are being sought.

Gayle Nyre, the shop’s longtime director of business development, is currently overseeing new business in Boston. Samantha Adams, svp, is handling new business chores in New York.(Chairman Jack Connors, CEO Mike Sheehan and Boston office president Karen Kaplan also play large roles in new-business development.)

So far in 2005, the agency lost the $35 million Marshalls account (it is not defending in an ongoing review), but picked up E-Loan, Aer Lingus and Firehouse Subs, worth a combined $25-30 million. The agency is also one of four finalists for the $55 million American Express Financial Advisors business. Hill, Holliday has been in a pronounced new-business slump for the past three years.