Bickham announces departure from H&K

LONDON: Hill & Knowlton suffered a major loss last week, as Edward Bickham, deputy chairman and MD of its public affairs and corporate policy practice, announced his intention to leave the agency after seven years.

LONDON: Hill & Knowlton suffered a major loss last week, as Edward Bickham, deputy chairman and MD of its public affairs and corporate policy practice, announced his intention to leave the agency after seven years.

LONDON: Hill & Knowlton suffered a major loss last week, as Edward

Bickham, deputy chairman and MD of its public affairs and corporate

policy practice, announced his intention to leave the agency after seven

years.



Bickham is leaving for ’a significant international corporation’ that he

declined to name, and will officially step down in April. Formerly an

adviser to Tory cabinet minister Douglas Hurd, Bickham is expected to

announce his new employer within two weeks.



’It is always flattering when major companies look to H&K for a solution

to their needs,’ said H&K chairman David McLaren, who will remain at the

top of the firm’s hierarchy with joint chief executives Marie Louise

Windeler and Andrew Laurence. ’But we prefer them to come as clients

rather than as poachers.’



A successor is not expected to be appointed, as Bickham’s title was ’a

recognition of his seniority in the company,’ McLaren said.



A replacement to helm the public affairs practice, however, is being

sought. H&K is looking at internal and external candidates and has hired

headhunters to spur the process.



Bickham is the third member of H&K’s 36-strong board to announce his

departure in recent weeks, following the exits of sponsorship chief John

Tibbs to Bell Pottinger and information industries unit head Giles

Fraser to an agency of his own.



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