Former Blair adviser Gibbons joins Fenton

Fenton Communications has hired Jo Gibbons, a one-time communications adviser to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, as an associate director.

Fenton Communications has hired Jo Gibbons, a one-time communications adviser to former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, as an associate director.

Gibbons previously served as director at research company Populus, where she was responsible for overseeing communications and new business strategy. Before that, she worked as deputy director of government relations and director of events in the UK prime minister's office. She was also Blair's director of corporate affairs after he left office.

Gibbons, who will join Fenton as an associate director, was also a board director at Edelman, leading the corporate and public affairs practice.

Fenton, which was launched in the US in 1982, opened a London office late last year with Alison Lucas serving as director.

“Gibbons has operated at the heart of the government,” said Lucas. “[She] is an acknowledged communications expert, and we are thrilled she has joined our team.”

In July, the agency appointed academic and campaigner Noreena Hertz as its UK chairman. It also hired Beth Kitzinger as MD of its New York office in September and appointed Kalee Kreider, former communications director and environmental adviser to former Vice President Al Gore, MD of its Washington office in June.

This article originally appeared on the website of PRWeek UK, the sister publication of PRWeek under Haymarket Media.

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