The boss of RLM Finsbury was praised not only for his client and business success, but also for his high-level connections in both the business and political spheres. City AM deputy editor David Hellier told PRWeek: ‘Rudd has the best network of bankers and industrialists in the City.’
Rudd just edged last year’s top-ranked Matthew Freud, whose influence may have been challenged by the decline of the ‘Chipping Norton set’.
LOCOG/London 2012’s director of comms and public affairs Jackie Brock-Doyle’s first appearance in the top 10 reflects the importance of her job as London 2012 creeps ever closer.
Jenny Grey’s recent promotion to the top government comms tsar has also propelled her into the table. The Independent’s Whitehall editor Oliver Wright said: ‘She has successfully navigated the transition from Labour to the coalition, helping to draw up the Government’s new comms strategy with the abolition of the COI.’
Max Clifford also remains in the top 10, with the Daily Express’ showbiz editor Elisa Roche calling him 'the silver-haired, silver-tongued veteran of bonkbuster PR'.
The research was carried out over the past month, involving editors, specialist correspondents and fellow communicators, timed to coincide with the launch of PRWeek’s Power Book 2012.
The book was launched this week at an event in London’s Met Bar.
For more click here
Roland Rudd, co-founder, RLM Finsbury
Matthew Freud, CEO, Freud Communications
Alan Parker, founder, Brunswick Group
Craig Oliver, director of comms, 10 Downing Street
Jackie Brock-Doyle, director of comms and public affairs, LOCOG/London 2012
Jenny Grey, executive director of government comms, Cabinet Office
Lord Bell, chairman, Chime Communications
D-J Collins, vice-president, public policy and comms, EMEA, Google
Lord Chadlington, CEO, Huntsworth Group
Max Clifford, founder, Max Clifford Associates