Fry accepts Scottish Power’s leading role

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.

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

April).



Shawe’s appointment displaced Fry, who left the company at the end of

May.



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.



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