Alstom launches hunt for agency

Energy and transport giant Alstom is looking for a UK agency as incoming ­director of communications Gary ­Follows seeks to restructure the company’s comms function.

Follows will move to Alstom from tech outsourcer Xansa next month. He said that his search for PR support was at a very early stage, but that he hoped to appoint an agency in early 2008.

He added that Alstom has a corporate comms team in Paris and Baden, but little support in the UK, with one unnamed agency acting on a project basis.

The company, which also develops high-speed TGV trains, was an instant winner on the stock market when longtime supporter Nicolas Sarkozy was elected as French president earlier this year.

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