Former BP head of media Roddy Kennedy joins Powerscourt advisory group

The PR professional at the centre of BP's media operation for over twenty years is to join the advisory group of City agency Powerscourt.

Roddy Kennedy: joins Powerscourt advisory group
Roddy Kennedy: joins Powerscourt advisory group

Roddy Kennedy, BP’s head of media until retirement in 2009, will advise Powerscourt’s clients across a range of corporate issues.
 
Agency MD Rory Godson said that Kennedy has ‘unrivalled experience at the heart of a global company that has faced every variety of comms challenge.’
 
Kennedy is understood to have been drafted back in by BP during the height of the Deep Water Horizon disaster to advice on comms around the crisis. Powerscourt has worked with the board of BP since 2006.
 
A former journalist, Kennedy joined BP in 1977 to edit its Shipping News publication before becoming a press officer and head of government and public affairs at BP Exploration.
 
Godson added: ‘Roddy can provide invaluable strategic advice and insights and complement the expertise of the Powerscourt team.’
 
Powerscourt’s advisory group consists of senior business, finance and public policy figures who advise clients on corporate issues, particularly around capital markets transactions.
 
Other members include former David Cameron speechwriter Ian Birrell, former ITV CEO Charles Allen and Phil Nolan, senior adviser to Warburg Pincus.
 
Powerscourt has recently supported companies including Betfair, BP, HSBC, London School of Economics and Prudential through high profile situations.
 
The agency has grown its headcount over the past year, including the hire of Giles Sanderson, formerly a MD at FD, as its third partner in May.

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