Insurance giant AXA appoints former Royal Mail comms head Richard Stephenson

AXA UK has appointed former Royal Mail Group PR head Richard Stephenson as director of corporate affairs.

Richard Stephenson: New AXA role
Richard Stephenson: New AXA role

Stephenson was poached by the insurance giant from a role at agency Prosek Partners, which he joined after his time at Royal Mail.

He will start in the role today and oversee all external communications, internal communications and public affairs.

Working closely with CEO Paul Evans, he will report to Cheryl Toner, group marketing and communications director.

Stephenson has spent the last year working as MD for the New York based agency Prosek, and will remain advisor to the CEO.

He has previously held senior positions within leading PR agencies Smithfield Consultants and Citigate Dewe Rogerson.

He also spent four years on the Board of the Conservative Party and became the youngest ever President of the Conservative Convention, chairing the 2004 Party Conference.

Stephenson said: ‘I am especially attracted to the company’s reputation for adopting progressive ideas. AXA remains the only insurance company to have banned referral fees from personal injury lawyers and has taken a lead on the "compensation

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

Hit or Miss? EasyJet backs Shakespeare Day campaign with world record attempt

EasyJet aimed to break the world record for the highest ever theatrical performance for Shakespeare's 450th birthday yesterday with the Reduced Shakespeare Company performing on a flight from Gatwick to Verona.

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Top PRs to gather in Barcelona for inaugural PRWeek Global Congress

Senior executives from IBM, Nestlé, Vedanta, GE, Cargill, Philips and Allianz will be among the speakers at PRWeek's first Global Congress.

Max Clifford trial jury reconvenes with majority verdicts direction

Max Clifford trial jury reconvenes with majority verdicts direction

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford on 11 charges of indecent assault has reconvened after being told by the judge yesterday afternoon that he will now accept majority verdicts.

The latest social media fail case study: #myNYPD

The latest social media fail case study: #myNYPD

The New York Police Department's Twitter fail offers another social media lesson for organisations.