Birley will become chairman, working four days a week. He said he would be pursuing non-PR related ‘business interests with friends’ on the remaining working day, as well as ‘possibly a bit of fishing.’
‘This is the right time to make the change – while I still have energy to concentrate on assignments for the business, such as creative projects.’
Birley became CEO in 2002, when he led a management buyout from founders Bill Jones and Tim Adams. Raggett, one of four other directors who bought the agency, became operations director (PRWeek, 20 April 2002).
Lexis – which now has 100 staff - is majority owned by Next Fifteen Communications. Birley is the next largest shareholder, a position he said would not change with the new role.
Prior to that, Birley was a director at Scope Communications, which was sold to Ketchum in 1996, and Sara Pearson Associates.
He is also a former head of press and PR at Phonogram Records.
Raggett joined Lexis in 1993 as a graduate trainee.