BSMG Worldwide has replaced ousted UK chief executive Nan Williams with industry veteran David Brain.
Brain joins BSMG at the end of the month from eLogistics, the online logistics marketplace firm. He will remain as an adviser to the eLogistics board, contributing one day per month to the operation.
His appointment is as a direct replacement for Williams, who left late last year after more than 15 years (PRWeek, 1 December 2000.) She is understood to be on gardening leave.
In his new role, Brain will report to BSMG European chairman Tim Sutton.
The two first worked together more than a decade ago, when both were directors of what was then Paragon Communications.
In the intervening years Brain has served as head of corporate affairs for Visa International in south-east Asia and, until last summer (PRWeek, 9 June 2000) was MD of Burson-Marsteller's European marketing practice. In this role he led projects for B-M clients including Unilever, Ford and whisky brand Jim Beam.
BSMG has also promoted board director Pamela Fieldhouse to the post of deputy CEO. Fieldhouse was joint MD with Ray Eglington until early last year, when the acquisition by BSMG of leading lobbying firm GJW led to the creation of a new holding board on which both Fieldhouse and Eglington were directors.