Ofcom hunts comms director as Peacock departs

LONDON: Media super-regulator Ofcom is on the hunt for a top communicator after the resignation of Matt Peacock.

The former BBC journalist, who has been at the high-profile watchdog since its inception in 2003, is to join energy giant BG Group in the new role of director of comms and marketing. He will start at BG in April.

Before Ofcom, Peacock held roles at Hutchison 3G and AOL UK. He was also a partner at crisis management specialist Regester Larkin from 1998 to 2000.  ‘I worked for oil and gas companies when I was with Regester Larkin, so I know the sector has a tremendous  number of complex issues that are very stimulating,' Peacock told PRWeek.

At Ofcom - where he holds the title director of comms - he has dealt with issues including calls to ban advertising junk food to children. He leads a team of around 17 and reports to CEO Ed Richards.

In his new role, he will report to executive vice-president, policy and corporate affairs, Charles Bland. He will oversee a team of ten at BG's HQ in Reading, Berkshire.

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