PR restructure at Nationwide ahead of CEO changeover

Mutual building society Nationwide is restructuring its

communications department ahead of a change of CEO at the end of the

year.



The retirement of Brian Davis has sparked a raft of changes on the

building society's board, with the comms department among those

affected.



Director of communications Jeremy del Strother is to switch to director

of personnel for the company, taking the internal relations section of

the comms department with him to become part of personnel. Head of

internal communications Janice Banks will continue to report to del

Strother.



The remaining elements of the comms team - the Nationwide press office

and external affairs division, headed by Tom Harvey - will now report

directly to marketing and commercial executive director Stuart

Bernau.



It is understood the changes will take effect from April next year, four

months after Philip Williamson takes over as CEO.



A spokesperson for Nationwide said that no redundancies were anticipated

in the process.



Bernau joined Nationwide in 1990, and was divisional director for

mortgages and insurance, and retail before joining the board as retail

operations director in 1996.



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