Thus, the telecommunications company that spun out of Scottish
Power, has boosted its in-house PR team with the appointment of Ian Hood
as its first communications director.
Hood is tasked with increasing the firm's media exposure.
He said: 'It was felt that more could be done to get our message out
that despite a down turn in the sector we are doing well. That is why it
was decided to create such a senior communications role.'
Hood formerly ran his own corporate communications consultancy, IHCC,
working for clients including Dell, Telewest, Sit-up TV and Thus.
He was also previously a director of corporate communications and
investor relations with Telewest from 1993 to 1999, and will report to
Thus CEO William Allan.
Hood now heads a team of four, including PR manager Deborah Rodger.
Lexis, which has handled media relations for the past two years, and
Smithfield Financial, which handles financial and investor relations,
will continue to be retained by Thus.
Hood's appointment is part of a wider senior management shake-up. This
has also seen the creation of a risk management director post, which has
been filled by David Sherrick.
Thus, which employs 2,500 staff, was floated in 1999 and was formerly
Scottish Power's Scottish Telecom unit. The utility giant still owns a
50.1 per cent stake in the firm.
Through its internet service provider Demon, Thus serves both the
business and consumer sectors in the UK and Netherlands. It also
specialises in call centre and data services to the business sector.