by Max Brantley
Breaking news at CJRW (Cranford Johnson Robinson Woods), a giant figure in the state's ad and PR community since forever, a statement from the board's executive committee:
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.
Let the whispers commence.
UPDATE: At least four people, some with Alltel background who'd come with Martin back to CJRW, are out today, too, multiple sources say. And others at CJRW are worried that their positions, if safe, may be in for pay reductions.
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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 region¹s 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.