FT's global comms chief Emma Gilpin-Jacobs to depart

The Financial Times Group's global comms director Emma Gilpin-Jacobs is leaving next month after seven years.

Emma Gilpin-Jacobs: pictured receiving this year's CIPR/IOD PR director of the year award
Emma Gilpin-Jacobs: pictured receiving this year's CIPR/IOD PR director of the year award

The news coincides with a major party in London this week to mark the FT’s 125th anniversary, a campaign Gilpin-Jacobs created and orchestrated.

She told PRWeek that she felt the time was right to leave, because she had ‘done as much as she could do’ at the FT. Details of her replacement at the head of the 14-strong team have not yet been announced.

She added: ‘I have been made a number of very interesting international offers, am evaluating all the options and will take a decision on the next step in my career in the next three months.’

In an email to the FT’s senior management which circulated earlier this week, CEO John Ridding praised Gilpin-Jacobs ‘for playing a core part in transforming the FT into a 21st century organisation, with revenues from digital content now surpassing print advertising.’

Gilpin-Jacobs was crowned CIPR/IOD PR director of the year last month.

She is responsible for developing, managing and delivering the FT’s global commercial strategy, with specific oversight of external, corporate, brand and internal comms.

She joined the media brand in 2006 as comms director. Within three months the position was made a global role and she was promoted to the board to reflect the importance of comms.

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