GCI Appoints New Leadership for The Americas

Bob Pearson Named President, GCI, The Americas;

Jeff Hunt and Ken Willis Take on Expanded Roles



May 23, 2001, 01:00 ET from GCI Group

    NEW YORK, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Feldman, president and chief
 executive officer of GCI Group, today announced a leadership realignment for
 the firm's North America and Latin America operations, reflecting the
 company's continued growth and expansion of its global network.
     Bob Pearson, currently president of GCI North America, has been named
 president, GCI, The Americas and will add management oversight of GCI Latin
 America to his responsibilities.  Jeff Hunt, a recent addition to GCI via the
 acquisition of Read-Poland in Texas, will take on the additional post of
 president, GCI Latin America, leveraging his experience in that same role for
 Burson-Marsteller during the '90s.  Ken Willis, president of GCI Atlanta, will
 take on the additional responsibility of overseeing the firm's interactive
 business given the recent alignment of the Grey-owned firm Elemental into the
 GCI portfolio.
     Pearson joined GCI in 1998 to start up the firm's North American
 healthcare practice and was promoted two years later to his North American
 responsibilities.  He has been a key part of the growth of GCI over the past
 three years -- a time when growth of the firm's revenues has doubled, the firm
 has added thirteen new offices to its worldwide network and GCI has become
 recognized as one of the world's leading global public relations firms.
     "We have reached a pivotal point in our corporate strategy that demands
 strong leadership in order to fully leverage the value of our expanded
 presence in North America and, at the same time, manage growth opportunities
 in Latin America," said Feldman.  "Bob is ideally suited to provide the
 balance needed to move us forward and the depth of his executive management
 team ensures that we are well positioned for continued success."
     Hunt will lead GCI's expansion in Latin America, leveraging Texas as a
 gateway to this market as well as his broad international expertise.  Before
 being named president of Read-Poland earlier this year, Hunt was chief
 operating officer of Burson-Marsteller Europe and is a top international
 player with experience in North and South America, Asia and Europe.
     "The strength of our leadership and the strategic acquisitions we've made
 over the past four years are providing us with the opportunities to leverage
 the talent of our network," added Pearson.  "Jeff's previous experience in the
 region is a perfect example of how we unlock the value of intellectual capital
 in our network."
     Willis, who joined GCI in 1993 to start up its Atlanta operation, will
 continue to manage GCI Atlanta in addition to assuming management
 responsibility for GCI's Interactive practice.  Elemental, based in Atlanta,
 will be branded GCI Interactive and become the headquarters for all
 interactive business.  Willis will also serve on a newly created U.S.
 Executive Committee and Chair the U.S. operations committee.
     "Ken is a proven entrepreneur who has built Atlanta from a concept to the
 number two position in the market," said Bob Pearson.  "When we looked at our
 twin goals of becoming number one in Atlanta and our desire to build a world-
 class interactive practice via our new partnership with Elemental, it's clear
 that we wanted one of our leading entrepreneurs in the firm to lead the
 effort."
 
     About GCI Group
     GCI Group offers clients a full range of public relations, public affairs
 and marketing communications services.   Since 1984, GCI Group has grown to
 become one of the largest public relations firms in the world, servicing a
 broad client base of multinational companies, including Procter & Gamble,
 Intel, AltaVista, British Airways, Visa and Home Depot.  GCI Group is a wholly
 owned partner company of Grey Global Group (Nasdaq:   GREY), one of the world's
 top communications companies.  Visit GCI Group's Web site at
 http://www.gcigroup.com.
 
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    NEW YORK, May 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Bob Feldman, president and chief
 executive officer of GCI Group, today announced a leadership realignment for
 the firm's North America and Latin America operations, reflecting the
 company's continued growth and expansion of its global network.
     Bob Pearson, currently president of GCI North America, has been named
 president, GCI, The Americas and will add management oversight of GCI Latin
 America to his responsibilities.  Jeff Hunt, a recent addition to GCI via the
 acquisition of Read-Poland in Texas, will take on the additional post of
 president, GCI Latin America, leveraging his experience in that same role for
 Burson-Marsteller during the '90s.  Ken Willis, president of GCI Atlanta, will
 take on the additional responsibility of overseeing the firm's interactive
 business given the recent alignment of the Grey-owned firm Elemental into the
 GCI portfolio.
     Pearson joined GCI in 1998 to start up the firm's North American
 healthcare practice and was promoted two years later to his North American
 responsibilities.  He has been a key part of the growth of GCI over the past
 three years -- a time when growth of the firm's revenues has doubled, the firm
 has added thirteen new offices to its worldwide network and GCI has become
 recognized as one of the world's leading global public relations firms.
     "We have reached a pivotal point in our corporate strategy that demands
 strong leadership in order to fully leverage the value of our expanded
 presence in North America and, at the same time, manage growth opportunities
 in Latin America," said Feldman.  "Bob is ideally suited to provide the
 balance needed to move us forward and the depth of his executive management
 team ensures that we are well positioned for continued success."
     Hunt will lead GCI's expansion in Latin America, leveraging Texas as a
 gateway to this market as well as his broad international expertise.  Before
 being named president of Read-Poland earlier this year, Hunt was chief
 operating officer of Burson-Marsteller Europe and is a top international
 player with experience in North and South America, Asia and Europe.
     "The strength of our leadership and the strategic acquisitions we've made
 over the past four years are providing us with the opportunities to leverage
 the talent of our network," added Pearson.  "Jeff's previous experience in the
 region is a perfect example of how we unlock the value of intellectual capital
 in our network."
     Willis, who joined GCI in 1993 to start up its Atlanta operation, will
 continue to manage GCI Atlanta in addition to assuming management
 responsibility for GCI's Interactive practice.  Elemental, based in Atlanta,
 will be branded GCI Interactive and become the headquarters for all
 interactive business.  Willis will also serve on a newly created U.S.
 Executive Committee and Chair the U.S. operations committee.
     "Ken is a proven entrepreneur who has built Atlanta from a concept to the
 number two position in the market," said Bob Pearson.  "When we looked at our
 twin goals of becoming number one in Atlanta and our desire to build a world-
 class interactive practice via our new partnership with Elemental, it's clear
 that we wanted one of our leading entrepreneurs in the firm to lead the
 effort."
 
     About GCI Group
     GCI Group offers clients a full range of public relations, public affairs
 and marketing communications services.   Since 1984, GCI Group has grown to
 become one of the largest public relations firms in the world, servicing a
 broad client base of multinational companies, including Procter & Gamble,
 Intel, AltaVista, British Airways, Visa and Home Depot.  GCI Group is a wholly
 owned partner company of Grey Global Group (Nasdaq:   GREY), one of the world's
 top communications companies.  Visit GCI Group's Web site at
 http://www.gcigroup.com.
 
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