Former Barclays man Howell James to head Christie's global comms

Barclays' former head of corporate affairs Howell James has been appointed global head of corporate comms at Christie's, the auction house's top comms position.

Howell James: Takes top comms job at Christie's
Howell James: Takes top comms job at Christie's

James announced he was stepping down from Barclay’s in October after four-and-a-half years at the bank without a job to go to.

In the new Christie's role he replaces Toby Usnik, who becomes chief of corporate social responsibility and senior international director for the Americas. Based in London, James will take up the position at the beginning of January, reporting to Christie's CEO Steven Murphy.

Murphy said: 'Communications is a vital part of the activities of any company, particularly here at Christie’s. We are fortunate to have in Howell someone of great experience, with a strong reputation and relationships throughout the media and beyond, as well as an individual who has a genuine and long held interest in the arts.'

James' remit includes all comms activities and media relations for the auction house, with regional corporate comms heads reporting directly to him.

The 246-year-old auction house has offices in 32 countries, including ten salesrooms and global headquarters based in London.

James joined Barclays in 2008 as the global financial crisis began to take effect. He told PRWeek 'I decided during the summer that, after four-and-a-half years, it was time to move on. I joined Barclays at the height of the financial crisis knowing it would be an adventure, and so it has proved.’

Previously, he was the Cabinet Office’s permanent secretary for government comms. He was also a director and founding partner at Brown Lloyd James and political secretary to the then prime minister Sir John Major. He has also held senior roles at Cable & Wireless and the BBC.

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

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

Department store John Lewis is to use its 150th anniversary this year to talk about its history, which "not enough people know about", according to director of communications Peter Cross.

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

The man who helped Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections is to work for Labour along with members of his team.

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Pay-TV giant Sky has added Fever PR to its agency line-up for a wide-ranging brief covering products and services.

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been sent home for Easter and will reconvene on Tuesday for further deliberations about its verdicts on 11 charges of indecent assault.

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

The Home Office has tasked Munro & Forster (M&F) with supporting its campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of a wider retained brief.