Dewhurst, a self-confessed ‘issues specialist', told PRWeek: ‘I love the energy sector, issues management and so on. For me, this is the best in-house PR job you could have at the moment.'
His role is newly created and comes after a recruitment process that go under way almost six months ago (PRWeek, 29 June 2006). Dewhurst said Gazprom - the largest Russian company and the world's biggest extractor of natural gas - approached him ‘back in the summer'.
He added: ‘Gazprom has a really young management team, the atmosphere there is like a 90s tech firm [in its enthusiasm].'
He will cease to work for BNFL - where he has been its top communicator in the role of group corporate affairs director - at the end of December.
Dewhurst joined BNFL in 2001 (PRWeek, 16 March 2001) from Weber Shandwick, where he was UK CEO.
He has also previously worked at Railtrack and for the Chemical Industries Association.