Kevin Bell quits Bell Pottinger to join GPC

Kevin Bell - the founding managing director of Bell Pottinger Public Affairs - has left to join lobbying agency GPC.

Kevin Bell - the founding managing director of Bell Pottinger

Public Affairs - has left to join lobbying agency GPC.



Bell leaves his current position as deputy chairman of the public

affairs outfit to take on GPC London’s newly-created role of

vice-chairman.



Reporting to GPC CEO for Europe, Julia Harrison, Bell has a brief to

oversee the agency’s expanding mergers and acquisitions sector, with a

remit to strengthen the practice and recruit staff.



Alongside a place on the London board, he will head a team of four in

the UK and work closely with GPC’s Brussels M&A division.



Two other Bell Pottinger Public Affairs employees are also set to leave

for GPC. Director Julie Harris, who also worked with Bell at Westminster

Strategy, will join GPC as an associate director and account

executive.



Nick Williams leaves after three years to take a senior consultant

role.



The departures come two weeks after former ministerial special adviser

Kathy McGlynn left Bell Pottinger PA for an associate director position

at GPC.



Chime Communications CEO Tim Bell said he expected ’some fall out’ after

last year’s management changes (PR Week 24 September, 1999), which saw

Kevin Bell replaced by Paul Baverstock as MD. ’We are well staffed and

resourced and won’t be needing to rush out and recruit people to replace

them,’ he added.



Bell Pottinger Public Affairs accounts for five per cent of Bell

Pottinger Communications’ fee income.



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