NEWS: Barber fills Inchcape gap

Paul Barber, corporate affairs manager with ailing international distribution group Inchcape, has been promoted to director level.

Paul Barber, corporate affairs manager with ailing international

distribution group Inchcape, has been promoted to director level.



Barber, 29, fills the vacancy left by former long-term corporate affairs

director John Duncan, who took early retirement last June.



As corporate affairs director, reporting to new group chief executive

Philip Cushing, Barber heads up Inchcape’s seven-strong London corporate

affairs team. The department covers media relations, employee

communications, investor relations, sponsorship, government relations,

community affairs and corporate hospitality.



He also has functional responsibility for an international network of

in-house corporate affairs staff and consultancies.



Barber played down his success in becoming a director before he reached

30, saying he had been in the ‘right place at the right time’ under

managers who believed in developing their staff.



Barber’s appointment coincides with that of Inchcape’s new investor

relations manager Bridget Walker, 34. Walker, who will report to Barber,

joins the corporate affairs department from Inchcape Motors

International where she was a business development manager. She replaces

Nicola Savage, who becomes business development manager in Inchcape’s

group strategy and development department.



The company is still reviewing the role of Inchcape Motors International

PR director, a position vacated in February when Peter Frater joined car

importer MCL.



The corporate affairs appointments come at a tumultuous time for the

company. Last week chief executive Charles Mackay was replaced by Philip

Cushing, formerly managing director, after the group revealed a 92 per

cent drop in full-year profits and cut its dividend by one third.



Inchcape, which left the FTSE 100 last year after its share price

collapsed, also announced it would be floating or demerging its

insurance subsidiary Bain Hogg, and that it planned to sell its testing

division.



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