Bickham quits H&K for ’wider business role’

Edward Bickham, Hill and Knowlton deputy chairman and managing director of its public affairs and corporate policy practice, is leaving the company after seven years.

Edward Bickham, Hill and Knowlton deputy chairman and managing

director of its public affairs and corporate policy practice, is leaving

the company after seven years.



Bickham has been headhunted by ’a significant international corporation’

and will step down in April. The former adviser to Tory cabinet minister

Douglas Hurd is expected to announce his new post within two weeks,

where it is understood that he will assume a wider business management

role than his public affairs brief has so far covered.



David McLaren remains H&K chairman, with Marie Louise Windeler and

Andrew Laurence joint chief executives. McLaren said: ’It is always

flattering when major companies look to H&K for a solution to their

needs. We prefer them to come as clients than as poachers.’



A successor is not expected to be appointed for the deputy chairman

role.



According to McLaren, the title was ’a personal appointment in

recognition of his seniority in the company’.



A replacement to head the public affairs practice is being actively

sought.



H&K has engaged headhunters and is looking at internal and external

candidates.



Bickham is the third member of the 36-strong board to announce his

departure in two weeks, after the poaching of sponsorship chief John

Tibbs by Bell Pottinger and the news that information industries unit

head Giles Fraser plans to start his own agency.



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