Rolls-Royce hires Vodafone's Wray for external comms

LONDON: Rolls-Royce has appointed Vodafone UK's Richard Wray as director of external communications.

LONDON: Rolls-Royce has appointed Vodafone UK's Richard Wray as director of external communications.

Wray, now the head of external communications at Vodafone UK, will start his role at the aerospace giant at the end of this year.

He will replace Jane Terry, who will leave Rolls-Royce to lead PR for the newly created international arm of Lockheed Martin at the end of this week.

Wray spent three years at Vodafone and comes just as the phone company is bidding to take 4G market share in the UK after launching the service last month.

He is planning to join a company that has posted revenue of £7.3 billion (about $11.7 billion), up 27% since June, but still finds itself in the thick of an investigation for bribery and corruption in China and Indonesia.  

Peter Morgan, director of corporate affairs at Rolls-Royce, said that “[Wray] has a distinguished record as a journalist and has established an impressive track record in corporate communications working for a global company.”

“I have known him for many years and am looking forward to working with him, building and defending the reputation of Rolls-Royce,” he added.

Prior to joining Vodafone, Wray was a financial journalist and news editor at The Guardian, for almost a decade. His successor has not yet been named.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK.

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