'FT' promotes Keller to top global comms role

LONDON: The Financial Times has promoted Darcy Keller to the role of global communications director, replacing the outgoing Emma Gilpin-Jacobs.

LONDON: The Financial Times has promoted Darcy Keller to the role of global communications director, replacing the outgoing Emma Gilpin-Jacobs.

Keller, who has held a number of positions at the FT since 2007, will be responsible for all external and internal communications across the FT Group.

She will relocate from New York to London to lead a global communications team based in London, New York, and Hong Kong.

Reporting to FT Group CEO John Ridding, Keller has also joined the FT Group executive board, which oversees the company's global strategy and performance.

“[Keller's] broad communications experience — across corporate, internal, media relations, and social media — and digital expertise will be essential as the FT continues to navigate an increasingly complex media landscape and accelerate its digital business,” Ridding said.

During her time at the FT, Keller has worked as deputy director of global comms, head of the global press office, and head of comms in the Americas. Since 2010, she has served on the company's senior management and digital executive teams, responsible for the FT's digital and mobile strategy and growth in recent years.

Last week, PRWeek UK broke the news that Gilpin-Jacobs will step down next month after seven years at the FT.

She told PRWeek UK that she felt the time was right to leave, because she had “done as much as she could do” at the FT.

“I have been made a number of very interesting international offers, am evaluating all the options, and will make a decision on the next step in my career in the next three months,” she added.

This story originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek at Haymarket Media.

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