NEWS: Tobacco body seeks PR chief to replace Turner

The tobacco industry’s trade association is looking for a new spokesman to replace veteran PR chief Clive Turner.

The tobacco industry’s trade association is looking for a new spokesman

to replace veteran PR chief Clive Turner.



Turner, executive director of industry affairs at the Tobacco

Manufacturers Association (formerly TAC) since February 1993, is due to

retire early in 1997.



‘It’s the natural order of things that I should step aside,’ said

Turner, who has worked in the tobacco industry off and on since 1962.



Chief executive David Swan revealed the association was ‘consulting its

members’ about a replacement and ‘testing the market’ through

headhunters in the next few months.



The TMA, which changed its name from the Tobacco Advisory Council in

1994, has been radically transformed in the three years since Swan

arrived. Once 22-strong, the staff has been reduced to eight and the

association given a more political focus.



Latest to depart is Ben Welsh, public affairs executive, who left at the

end of January after five years.



He has replaced Malcolm Rymer, who is due to retire as government

relations manager for Anglian Water this year.



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