FT comms chief quits for 2012 Olympics media role

The Financial Times is on the hunt for a director of comms as Joanna Manning-Cooper prepares to leave. She is to take the top media role at the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (Locog).

News of Manning-Cooper's resignation comes as the FT confirmed plans to shed ten per cent of its editorial staff in a bid to cut costs and combine online and print operations. Many see the move as evidence that owner Pearson is preparing to sell the title.

Manning-Cooper has been in the role for almost six years and has responsibility for a seven-strong PR unit and 11-strong conference team. She reports to FT CEO John Ridding.

Manning-Cooper takes up the reins at Locog as head of PR and media in mid-August. She will report to director of comms Jackie Brock-Doyle, who has been in the role since late last year (PRWeek, 2 November 2005). Brock-Doyle's position was previously held by Mike Lee, who left to set up his own agency Vero.

Before the FT, Manning-Cooper was an associate board director at Shandwick International. She previously worked in-house at lottery systems operator GTech.

She declined to comment on the challenges ahead at Locog, or the task facing her successor at the FT, but told PRWeek: ‘I will be very sad to leave the FT but delighted at the opportunities ahead at Locog.'

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