GCI pegs Jennings EVP, head of North American division

NEW YORK: GCI Group has hired Walter Jennings as EVP and head of the firm's North American corporate practice. Jennings joins GCI from his position as VP of global communications for Ford Motor Credit Company, the financial services arm of Ford.

NEW YORK: GCI Group has hired Walter Jennings as EVP and head of the firm's North American corporate practice. Jennings joins GCI from his position as VP of global communications for Ford Motor Credit Company, the financial services arm of Ford.

His duties there included handling the communications stemming from a restructuring that impacted 4,000 employees in North America.

"I like bringing people into the firm from the client side," explained Bob Feldman, GCI president and CEO, about Jennings' hire.

"Clients want senior people who can partner with them, bring value, add insight, and draw on their expertise to help them identify and quantify public relations solutions."

In addition to his experience at Ford, Jennings has managed the Hong Kong office of Gavin Anderson, a financial and corporate communications consulting firm. He also managed corporate profile and transaction public relations for investment banking clients, including Morgan Stanley, Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays Bank.

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