Burson-Marsteller has lured BBC deputy head of corporate
communications Alison Holmes to join its corporate department.
Holmes will join B-M in August as the first director of strategy and
corporate communications, reporting to managing director Martin
Her role will be to advise on corporate communications across the
company, as well as working with specific clients. No details on the
size of her team or names of clients are yet available.
Holmes worked briefly for B-M in 1993. She joined the BBC in July 1997,
initially to work on its communications strategy for introducing digital
implementation plans, then to her current position, where she led the
communications team on the licence fee review.
For the past six months, she has been on secondment as head of PR for
BBC News. Prior to the BBC, Holmes was campaign manager for the Liberal
Democrats, where she directed the work of the general election planning
team during the 1997 general election.
B-M London managing director Allan Biggar also has a background in the
Lib Dem party, where he met Holmes. She said: ’Having known Allan for
many years, I am keen to be part of the team he is building.’
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secretary-general, is understood to have accepted a non-executive
directorship at B-M, as tipped by PR Week (2 June).