Rycroft quits Boots to rejoin Bell Pottinger

The Boots Company is seeking to appoint a new head of corporate affairs following the announcement this week that Tim Rycroft is to return to Bell Pottinger.

The Boots Company is seeking to appoint a new head of corporate

affairs following the announcement this week that Tim Rycroft is to

return to Bell Pottinger.



Rycroft, who previously worked for the London-based agency six years

ago, will take up a position as senior consultant with effect from 30

May.



His resignation follows that of Ian Wright, former Boots the Chemist

communications director, who left the company in March to join food and

drink conglomerate Diageo (PR Week, 17 March).



Martin Wakeling, Boots head of group external affairs, said that it was

likely the group would take time to review the job specification for the

position. Wakeling was however, unable to confirm further details about

a possible successor for Rycroft.



Rycroft, who joined the group in 1997, is responsible for handling

corporate affairs for its overseas medicines subsidiary Boots

International Healthcare, a division which includes a workforce of

around 2,300 staff across 23 countries.



Prior to his appointment at Boots, Rycroft was a ministerial special

adviser from 1994 to 1997, first to Jeremy Hanley, chairman of the

Conservative Party, and later to Steven Dorrell, Secretary of State for

Health.



He first worked as a consultant for Good Relations and the former Lowe

Bell Consultants, from 1990 to 1994.



Rycroft said that he had been approached by the company earlier this

year with a view to returning.



’Bell Pottinger is the best brand in the industry, and I’ve learned a

great deal in the interim - both from my time in Government and with

Boots,’ he said.



The appointment would, he said, enable him to make use of his

significant experience gained in the private sector.



Kevin Murray, Bell Pottinger managing director, said: ’With business

going from strength to strength it is essential that we continue to

build our team with the highest quality people.



’Tim Rycroft is still remembered here for his contribution several years

ago. Since leaving the company he has significantly enhanced his

experience in both the public and private sectors,’ he added.



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