Manning-Cooper leaves GTech to join Shandwick

Shandwick International has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as an associate director in its corporate practice.

Shandwick International has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as an

associate director in its corporate practice.



Manning-Cooper joins Shandwick from US lottery equipment manufacturer

GTech, where she was director of PR for the UK and Europe. She starts

next week and will report to Chris Genasi, chief executive of

Shandwick’s corporate division.



The appointment is in keeping with Shandwick’s recruitment strategy to

further develop its corporate offering. Although the division already

boasts 45 staff and clients including Unilever, Siemens, and 3i,

Manning-Cooper will be looking to develop areas such as consumer affairs

and competition policy, and will build a team of five staff by the end

of 2000.



Manning-Cooper, 29, joined GTech from National Lottery operator Camelot

in 1998, following GTech’s much-publicised High Court battle with

Richard Branson and the subsequent resignation of chairman Guy

Snowden.



She was charged with rehabilitating the company’s reputation and

ensuring that it was seen as an appropriate lottery partner. Camelot

announced this week that GTech will indeed be one of its suppliers

should it win the lottery bid. The new licence will be awarded in June,

to take effect from September 2001.



’It was a fascinating role and an interesting couple of years, but it

was time to move on,’ says Manning-Cooper. ’Shandwick made me an

exciting offer, and I am now looking forward to working in a consultancy

after eight years in-house.’



It is believed that GTech has not yet decided on a replacement for

Manning-Cooper, but there is a possibility that the new person will be

based in its Brussels office.



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