Dominic Fry has landed the corporate affairs director post at
Scottish Power, three months after being ousted from the role of group
communications director at Sainsbury’s.
Fry replaces Sue Clark, who left the company last month to become
director of corporate affairs at Railtrack (PR Week, 18 February).
He had been at Sainsbury’s for four years when the arrival, earlier this
year, of chief executive Peter Davis heralded widespread change in the
firm’s senior management.
Davis, who joined Sainsbury’s from the top post at the Prudential,
recruited former colleague Jan Shawe, then Prudential’s director of
corporate affairs, to fill a similar post at his new firm (PR Week, 14
Shawe’s appointment displaced Fry, who left the company at the end of
Fry joins Scottish Power at the start of next month. He will work at its
Glasgow headquarters, reporting to chief executive Sir Ian Robinson.
Although based in Scotland, where he will oversee a staff of more than
20, he will take overall charge of PR for Scottish Power’s key
subsidiary businesses, Southern Water and Manweb. He will also oversee
communications for its international operation, PacifiCorp.
In his new role, Fry will have responsibility for group media and
investor relations, for political affairs, corporate and internal
communications, sponsorship issues and community relations.
Before joining Sainsbury’s in 1996, Fry was director of communications
at Euro Tunnel for two years. Prior to that he was UK communications
head for American telecoms concern AT&T. He spent eight years with a
variety of PR agencies before that.
A spokesperson for Scottish Power described Fry’s role as providing
support for the company’s new retail strategy. ’He will focus on the use
of the SP brand to promote the company as an electricity and gas
retailer,’ the spokesperson said.
Scottish Power, a FTSE 100 company ranked in the top 30, has a market
capitalisation of more than pounds 10 billion. Last year saw its
turnover climb to more than pounds 4 billion.
The company, which retains Brunswick for corporate and financial PR, has
recently hired Tulchan, the agency founded by former Brunswick partner
Andrew Grant, on a financial brief.