UPDATE: David Martin Resigns As CEO, 4 Others Leave CJRW

by Sam Eifling and Gwen Moritz  on Tuesday, May. 25, 2010 3:54 pm  

David Martin

Little Rock advertising, marketing and public relations agency Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods on Monday announced that its chairman and CEO, David Martin, has resigned, effective immediately.

The firm's board of directors has appointed Wayne Woods as interim chairman and CEO. Woods meanwhile will continue as the agency's president.

Four other CJRW employees departed the same day as Martin, sources confirmed to ArkansasBusiness.com.

They are public relations professionals Andy Moreau and Mitch Chandler, Chief Operating Officer Mac Stroud and a part-time employee, Jill Dunlap.

Moreau, who, like Stroud, came to CJRW from Alltel Corp., confirmed Tuesday that he had departed CJRW at the same time as Martin. When asked if his departure was voluntary, he said, "I don't have any comment on that situation. I hope you understand."

Martin told ArkansasBusiness.com on Tuesday that he was that he was not ready to reveal his future plans.

CJRW's Full Statement on Martin's Departure

Statement by the Executive Committee of the Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods Board of Directors
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  (May 24, 2010) ­ CJRW announced today that the agency's executive committee of the Board of Directors has accepted David Martin's letter of resignation as chairman and CEO, effective immediately.  The executive committee is grateful for David's contributions to the agency and wishes him well in future endeavors.

In conjunction with Martin's resignation, the executive committee of the Board of Directors has appointed Wayne Woods as chairman and CEO on an interim basis.  Woods will continue to serve as president of the agency and lead the agency's travel and tourism efforts.

Wayne Woods is a 30-year veteran of the communications industry and has been honored as the Arkansas Advertising Federation's Person of the Year.  In addition, he and his brother Shelby have been at the forefront of economic development efforts in Arkansas for more than three decades.

About Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods
Founded in 1961, CJRW is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas, with offices in Little Rock and Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, AR).  The agency also owns Jones Productions, one of the region's leading film and video commercial production facilities.  CJRW is the only U.S.-based affiliate of Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm with more than 130 offices on six continents. CJRW is among the top 3 percent of communications agencies in the United States.



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