McGarahan takes on UK PR for expanding insurer AMP

Former Birmingham Midshires PR chief Tony McGarahan is set to join Australian insurance giant AMP as the firm seeks to expand its group-level presence in the UK.

Former Birmingham Midshires PR chief Tony McGarahan is set to join

Australian insurance giant AMP as the firm seeks to expand its

group-level presence in the UK.



McGarahan starts as the firm’s first UK corporate relations director on

Monday. His move is one of several new key UK executive appointments and

follows recent press speculation that AMP may float on the London Stock

Exchange. It already has New Zealand and Australia listings.



In his new job, McGarahan will report to Sydney-based corporate affairs

senior vice-president Donna Staunton. He is expected to recruit staff in

due course.



McGarahan has been briefed to co-ordinate AMP’s internal and external

communications, investor relations, public affairs and corporate

citizenship, working closely with the PR heads of AMP’s UK operating

businesses.



These include Pearl Assurance, fund manager Henderson Investors and

London Life. AMP is also in the process of acquiring UK insurance firm

NPI, a deal which should be completed next year.



AMP has used Financial Dynamics as its single financial PR agency at

both group and operating company level since the beginning of this

year.



Pearl also employs Fishburn Hedges for public affairs advice.



McGarahan worked at Birmingham Midshires for eight years, until the

building society’s demutualisation and merger with the Halifax (PR Week,

28 May).



He previously worked at Paragon and in-house at Mecca Leisure and Legal

and General.



AMP counts assets of about pounds 75 billion and has six million

customers worldwide.



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