Nortel Networks hires ex-AOL lobbyist Terry

Telecoms company Nortel Networks has appointed ex-AOL Time Warner lobbyist Sarah Terry as UK government relations manager.

Terry reports to director of European affairs Thomas Reynaert and takes up the post on 13 April, according to a Nortel UK spokesman.

She replaces Liz Kanter, who quit earlier this year to join Marconi as head of government affairs (PRWeek, 6 February).

Terry is understood to have stepped down as AOL Time Warner’s public policy and government relations manager at the end of last year. She was unavailable for comment as PRWeek went to press.

She is expected to lobby the UK government over the smooth and speedy roll-out of fixed and wireless broadband, a key growth area for Nortel.

Nortel was among the hardest hit of the telecoms equipment makers when the technology bubble burst three years ago but has rallied of late after a number of significant client wins.

Ogilvy PR handles Nortel’s corporate PR across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The agency picked up the business following an eight-month protracted process, replacing previous incumbent Fleishman-Hillard (PRWeek, 7 November 2002).

Headquartered in Ontario, Canada, Nortel makes equipment for internet and telecoms carriers and corporations, including systems for digital voice and data switching and call centres.

It competes against Cisco Systems, Alcatel and Lucent. Its customers in the UK include BT.

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