Fresh leadership for TfL in department overhaul

Transport for London has overhauled its in-house PR team, appointing two new comms chiefs.

The Capital's transport body has snared London Development Agency head of comms and external ­affairs Dan Hodges

He will start next week as director of news, replacing Paul Mylrea, who has landed the role of director of comms at the Depart­ment for International Development (PRWeek, 8 Dec 2006).

TfL has also promoted Stephen Webb from deputy head of news to the new role of director of comms. Webb will cover the role on an inte­rim basis. His shoes are being filled by chief press officer (operations) Stuart Ross, also on an interim basis.

The shakeup follows the merging of TfL's marketing and communications departments. Nigel Marson, who has been group marketing director since early 2006, has stepped up to take charge of the new department as interim managing director. He said more appointments could be on the way.

‘We have made these interim appointments to keep everything open,' he said. ‘The plan is to wait for a permanent MD to be in place to allow them the chance to appoint staff as they think best.'

He added: ‘We are investing £10 billion in modernising and extending the transport network by the end of the decade. We are trying to get cleaner and greener vehicles on the road, looking after the Oyster Card scheme, extending the East London line and keeping transport running on a day-to-day basis. We believe we are one of the top five busiest press offices in the country - it's a demanding media environment.'

TfL provides transport and services for more than 10 million people in the Capital, running London Underground, Docklands Light Railway and the Congestion Charging Scheme.

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