Morton acquires rival Caribiner

The Interpublic Group-owned events and design group Jack Morton has announced a new global board structure. The group is also set to launch a new identity, after completing its acquisition of former rival, Caribiner Communications at the end of April.

Former Caribiner Europe chairman Lois Jacobs has been made executive vice-president of a new worldwide executive team, with a remit to oversee Europe and Asia Pacific. Jacobs will effectively continue to chair UK operations.

A seven-strong executive team will be headed by chairman and chief executive Bill Morton, with Josh McCall as president and chief operating officer.

The restructure will see Morton’s other UK interest, video group Creative Communications, merged with the European Caribiner operation.

Aside from the resignation of former UK managing director Mark Wallace (DW 14 April), the UK management team from Caribiner remains in place. Tim Elliot will remain as creative director, Laurence Croneen as director of client services, Arif Hamid as financial director, Jeremy Garbett as director in charge of the Vauxhall/ GM account and Peter Berners-Price as non executive director.

The team will be further strengthened as Mark Dalgleish joins the board as director of operations. Dalgleish is currently chairman and chief executive of Creation (a Morton Company). The Creation team will be joining with Caribiner International staff within the next couple of months.

Of the new structure Jacobs says: “With global lines of business, global client development and a global executive team, we are in great shape to meet the increasingly global communication needs of our clients.”

A new name for the merged network is scheduled to be publicly unveiled within the next few weeks.

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