Raggett to take over at Lexis PR

Lexis Public Relations CEO Hugh Birley is to take a back seat from 1 August, when operations director Margot Raggett will take over as CEO.

Raggett to take over at Lexis PR
Raggett to take over at Lexis PR

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.

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