SWIP appoints comms head

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership has hired a new head of media relations six months after scrapping its most senior comms position.

The fund management arm of Scottish Widows has hired Schroders pan-European PR manager Susan Bell to head communications.

She reports to SWIP director of sales and marketing Andy Frepp and Mary Walsh, head of media relations at Scottish Widows parent Lloyds TSB.

SWIP has been without a senior communicator since the departure of head of corporate communications Caroline Partridge last September. In January, SWIP said it had abolished the post and would not replace it in the light of planned consolidation of comms with Lloyds TSB (PRWeek, 28 January).

Walsh said Bell’s appointment was part of a general beefing up of SWIP’s operations and followed last year’s hiring of former Royal London Asset Management chief executive Chris Phillips as Scottish Widows chief executive.

Meanwhile, SWIP has also poached WP Stewart head of investment Nigel Bolton as head of European equities, and EFM head of UK equities Robert Waugh to head its UK equities division.

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