Darren Gilbert leaves THA Group

Agency chief executive among 50-plus redundancies

Darren Gilbert: among the THA Group redundancies
Darren Gilbert: among the THA Group redundancies

THA Group chief executive Darren Gilbert is among the 50-plus staff made redundant at the agency because of the recession.

Chairman Kevin Ingram said reduction in client spend and event cancellations had forced THA Group to make more than 50 redundancies and board-level changes.

"This includes the departure of chief executive Darren Gilbert, among others, from the company," said Ingram.

The group announced last week that it had put its Belgium office into administration, leaving 15 Brussels-based staff facing redundancy.

However, Ingram said the "tough decisions" the group had made were beginning to bring benefits including a reduction in fixed-costs and investment in new products.

THA Group has also just won a three-year contract with an IT company and gained preferred supplier status for a pan-European pharmaceutical event programme.

"We have accelerated planned changes to our business model accordingly and have chosen to exploit our expertise in live events and experiences and performance improvement by breaking these offerings into marketable propositions for existing and new clients," said Ingram.

In a bid to boost its competitiveness during the recession, the agency is launching a set of packages, ‘Canned Meet', that target corporates that are on tight budgets.

The packages launch next month and include AV and staging, video production and web cast / satellite services that can be adapted for group size and location.

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