Corus hires Russell to head corporate PR

The Corus Group, formed last year by the merger of British Steel and Koninklijke Hoogovens, has hired Thames Water’s Jonathan Russell as corporate relations director.

The Corus Group, formed last year by the merger of British Steel

and Koninklijke Hoogovens, has hired Thames Water’s Jonathan Russell as

corporate relations director.



Russell left the water utility company four months ago (PR Week, 24

March) and has yet to be replaced.



He starts next month at Corus, where he will report to the joint chief

executives John Bryant - formerly of British Steel - and Fokko van

Duyne, who headed Dutch concern Koninklijke Hoogovens until the merger

last October.



Russell replaces incumbent corporate affairs chief David Jackson, who is

leaving to become Corus’s representative on the board of Steel 24-7, a

joint venture with other European steel producers aimed at selling steel

on-line.



Russell will oversee a team of 12 working across internal

communications, media relations, public affairs, corporate and brand

PR.



He spent two years at Thames Water. Prior to that he served as group

director of PR for PPP Healthcare, joining from David Burnside

Associates.



His PR career started at British Airways, where his initial internal

communications manager role was expanded to include aspects of BA’s

media relations.



Corus, despite being listed on the London, Amsterdam and New York stock

exchanges, retains no financial PR agency. It retains Biss Lancaster for

corporate PR and Keith McDowall Associates for public affairs, although

both relationships predate the Hoogovens merger.



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