The Red Consultancy hires Oates to bolster corporate

The Red Consultancy has brought in Jonathan Oates, former head of communications at Internet betting exchange Betfair, to serve as MD for the agency's corporate offering.

The Red Consultancy has brought in Jonathan Oates, former head of communications at Internet betting exchange Betfair, to serve as MD for the agency's corporate offering.

Oates steps into the role following the departure of Mark Lyons at The Red Consultancy.

At Betfair, Oates oversaw all external and internal communications, but then set up his own agency Oates & Partners earlier this year after losing his job amid comms cuts at the betting exchange.

Starting the role this week, Oates will lead work with clients including Molson Coors, John Lewis, Energy UK, Capgemini, and Total Jobs.

Before Betfair, he was global business media manager at SABMiller and an associate partner at agency Luther Pendragon.

Mike Morgan, The Red Consultancy CEO, said, "At Betfair and SABMiller Jonathan has worked in big but highly regulated markets. Such complex marketplaces require someone highly skilled, and these skills will help us continue the growth of our corporate offer."

PRWeek revealed last month that Mark Lyons was leaving the agency after four years to set up a new practice with former ITN colleague Ben McCarthy.

This article originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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