In setting up The PR Office, which launched this week, Cohen has taken with him another Bell Pottinger employee, consultant David Russell.
He has also taken a raft of clients with him, including Sir Jimmy Young, for whom he handles personal PR, the Heritage Lottery Fund, World Jewish Relief and Gibbs Technologies. The latter will continue to use Harvard PR, also owned by Bell Pottinger parent company Chime Communications.
Cohen said the decision follows friendly discussions with Chime chairman Lord Tim Bell. He added that the agency would provide, ‘strategic public relations and reputation advice and manage PR programmes across a wide range of sectors, including business, sport, leisure, entertainment and personal reputation.’
Before joining Bell Pottinger in 1990, Cohen was private secretary to the then chief rabbi Lord Jakobovits.