FT Group nets Shandwick director

The Financial Times Group has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as head of group marketing communications.

The Financial Times Group has appointed Joanna Manning-Cooper as head of group marketing communications.

Manning-Cooper takes up the newly-created position after leaving Shandwick International, where she was an associate board director. She has previously worked in-house for GTech, and as a government press officer.

Overseeing all external and internal communications, Manning-Cooper will report to marketing director Barry Herstein in London on consumer issues, and to the New York-based president of the parent company, Pearson Inc, John Fallon, on corporate matters.

'This is the first time the FT Group has engaged a communications head to oversee an integrated strategy across all external and internal communications for the group,' said Manning-Cooper.

'The purpose of my role is to integrate a communications and marketing strategy to form a matrix structure across the various departments,' she added.

Her appointment is one of several changes to the group's communications structure to fit its increasingly global operations.

Anouskha Healy has been promoted to head of newspaper PR and Group PR manager. She spent five years at The Financial Times handling UK PR and international comms.

Healy reports to the FT global marketing director, Gordon Willoughby, and takes on a group comms role and also an increased role at the newspaper, with responsibility for its worldwide PR.



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