Bell Pottinger’s Iain Burns has stepped in to head up the agency’s crisis comms team following the departure of Peter Roberts, who is moving to Australia.
Burns, a partner who joined in 2012, has more than 25 years comms experience, including holding positions of VP of corporate comms for Etihad Airways.
Roberts joined Bell Pottinger from Hill+Knowlton Strategies as crisis comms head, also in 2012.
He said: "It's a hugely exciting move for the whole family. It's been on the cards for a while and this year the timing was right for all of us. I wish Bell Pott the very best; it has some extremely talented individuals. As for next steps, I'm having very positive conversations with agencies over there. More updates soon I hope."