Craven announces decision to leave GPC

Michael Craven, managing director of top four UK lobbying firm GPC Market Access, took the industry by surprise this week by announcing his resignation.

Michael Craven, managing director of top four UK lobbying firm GPC

Market Access, took the industry by surprise this week by announcing his

resignation.



Craven joined the company, then known as Market Access International, in

1988. The firm was bought by Omnicom in 1994, just before Craven became

MD. Last year the agency was merged with Omnicom’s newly-acquired

Canadian-based lobbying group, GPC International, to create the world’s

largest lobbying agency.



’I am not joining a competitor,’ said Craven, adding: ’I am considering

a number of possibilities. In the short term, I have some political

projects.’



Craven previously worked as a researcher to Deputy Prime Minister John

Prescott for five years, and still has close links with his former

employer.



He will be campaigning in the London referendum in May this year, as

newly-appointed treasurer for the ’London says Yes’ campaign.



’This is a real blow for Market Access; Craven is one of the leading

stars in the firmament of Labour lobbyists,’ said one industry

source.



GPC Market Access, like other Omnicom agencies, is under considerable

pressure to keep increasing profits. Under Craven the firm’s fee income

has doubled in three years and it now employs 45 staff, compared to 35

in 1995.



GPC founder Jon Johnson said he expects to announce a new UK managing

director before March, when Craven leaves the company.



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